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Napier University Sighthill, Edinburgh

Campus Extension + Redevelopment, Scotland, UK

Napier Sighthill

Napier University Sighthill Campus
Detailed planning application for redevelopment of Sighthill Campus submitted by RMJM Feb 2008. The redeveloped campus will house the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences. Start on site due spring 2008.

Napier University arts facility
1A + 1B Craighouse – Development of new arts facility building + minor works to existing ‘A’ listed building
Building Design Partnership
For Napier University
Application received 20/12/01
Full Planning Application Approved 26/06/07

Napier University : redevelopment of existing Sighthill estate to form home of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Science. Estimated value, excluding VAT, between £39-40m

Napier University Expansion : Sighthill Campus
Text from RMJM Architects for publication 26 Mar 2007:

Napier Expansion

Napier University has appointed internationally-renowned architects RMJM to design its new £55m Sighthill campus – kick-starting the regeneration of the area and creating a knowledge hub in south-west Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh-based firm has a wealth of experience in the Higher Education sector and beat off stiff competition from six other firms.

The company has worked on prestigious award-winning projects for Oxford, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Glasgow Caledonian universities, and is the architect behind Jewel & Esk Valley College’s Edinburgh and Midlothian campuses.

RMJM will help Napier blend visionary learning spaces with state-of-the-art technology in a campus fit for twenty-first century learning. Many of the facilities will also be available for the local community’s use, including a £5m sports facility development.

Fiona Stewart, formerly of the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed as Project Director by Napier while Heery International is the appointed project manager which will oversee the design and construction of the new campus.

Professor Joan Stringer, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Napier University said: “RMJM is a highly-respected and experienced firm which has created many of Edinburgh’s iconic buildings and many modern campuses for HE institutions around the globe.

“With extensive knowledge of the local planning process, a superb record on designing highly-sustainable buildings, and an excellent relationship with Heery International, having worked closely together on a number of projects, we are confident RMJM will be instrumental in turning our vision into reality.”

Gordon Hood, Director, RMJM said: “Napier’s £55m investment in the regeneration of Sighthill provides a unique opportunity to create a sustainable, architectural landmark in the south-west of the city.

“We will use our significant experience in designing for the Higher Education sector to create a campus that will provide Napier, Sighthill and Edinburgh with an outstanding, twenty-first century learning environment.”

Environmental sustainability will be at the heart of the new Sighthill campus which will bring nursing, life sciences, social sciences, and sports & exercise disciplines within the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences together on one site, strengthening facilities and cross-discipline collaboration, and opening up new areas of study.

Only the central spine of the current building will be retained, with seven new storeys built around it to create a 22,000 sqm campus.

Demolition is expected to begin in summer 2008 with the campus scheduled to open in summer 2010.

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Napier Expansion at Sighthill
As previously noted on this website the Napier site at Sighthill is to be redeveloped with a desire for an ‘iconic building’ replacing their out-of-favour sixties towers and slab blocks 121206

New £55m campus to be built in the Sighthill + £5m community sports facility

Napier University Sighthill Campus : main page

Napier Expansion at Merchiston
£8.5m refurbishment of the Merchiston campus, previously redeveloped by Richard Murphy Architects. Due to complete in 2010

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