The four-storey building features accessible Learning and Teaching spaces on the first two floors with a Design Studio and Crit Space above for ESALA. The basement is also home to a Trades Base for the Estates Department.

The project was procured through the Scape Major Works – Scotland framework, part of the National Construction framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.

Bringing life back to a city landmark

By working with Collective Architecture, our restoration of the Category C-listed building in the centre of Edinburgh, designed in 1887 by David Cousin and James Lessels, has provided a space that can re-engage the local community while preserving the original defining features. We created a link through to the Category B-listed Adam House, home to a university examination hall, to allow students easy access between the two.

“We are extremely proud of the modern new facilities whilst retaining key features of the 1887 Grade C listed building.”

– David Cairns, Managing Director, Robertson Central East

Creating a space to inspire the future of construction

The new features will provide students with a modern and spacious area in which to work.

“It will create a vibrant hub of activity, with state-of-the-art facilities.”

– Victoria Brambini, Managing Director, Scape Procure

These facilities will influence the future of the construction industry in terms of architecture and design.

 “The project will have lasting benefits beyond the build process, which promises to help provide our industry with the next generation of architects.”

– Mark Robinson, Chief Executive, Scape Group

Project team

Architect: Collective Architecture
Project manager: Faithful + Gould
Principal contractor: Robertson Construction
Civil & structural engineer: Elliott and Company
M&E engineer: ARUP
CDM coordinator: Armour & Partners


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