George Square Edinburgh – Buildings

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George Square Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh Buildings, Scotland

28 May 2012

50 George Square

50 George Square Building

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today that it has been awarded its 22nd project for the University of Edinburgh for the renovation of the university’s 1960’s William Robertson building at 50 George Square. 50 George Square is a Grade B listed building located close to the heart of the city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh University Library
image from Balfour Beatty

The £12.1m four storey refurbishment project includes the construction of a new storey at rooftop level to form a project room above the existing lecture theatre for the School of Literatures, Languages and Culture. Award winning Page Park are the architects for the refurbishment works.

The building will be fully insulated with energy efficient materials and new hard and soft landscaping around the building will be created.

This contract award is testament to the strength of the relationship Balfour Beatty has with the University of Edinburgh and adds to the growing portfolio of Scottish refurbishment schemes that Balfour Beatty has established in recent months.

The project is due for completion in Spring 2014.

University of Edinburgh George Square

Edinburgh University Library by Sir Basil Spence + Glover & Ferguson
Hume Tower by Robert Matthew, Architect – Johnson-Marshall & Partners
Appleton Tower by Alan Reiach, Eric Hall & Partners
McEwan Hall by Sir Rowand Anderson, Architect

University of Edinburgh building
George Square – Edinburgh University buildings: photo © Adrian Welch 2006

Edinburgh University Library, George Square
1965-67
Sir Basil Spence + Glover & Ferguson
Edinburgh University Library
photo © Adrian Welch
University of Edinburgh Main Library

Edinburgh University Library principal architect – Basil Spence

University of Edinburgh buildings
George Square – Edinburgh University buildings: photo © Adrian Welch 2006

Just to the North is Robert Matthew’s Hume Tower:

Hume Tower building
Hume Tower building: image © Adrian Welch

Hume Tower
English Literature Department + Department of Classics
The University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower,
George Square
+44 (0)131 650 3620

Edinburgh University Student Centre
Edinburgh University Student Centre: image © Adrian Welch

Appleton Tower – Demolition

Appleton Tower Edinburgh Appleton Tower Appleton Tower Building
Appleton Tower building: photos © Adrian Welch 2006

Channel 4 show Demolition – supported by George Fergusion of the RIBA and fronted by Kevin McCloud – asked for nominations to demolish ‘ugly buildings’ across the UK: The Cockburn Association named the Appleton Tower alongside the St James Centre, the Jury’s Inn Hotel on Jeffrey Street, and Clifton Terrace, at Haymarket, as one of the Capital’s ugliest buildings:

Appleton Tower

Edinburgh University building
Edinburgh University Science Facility: image © Adrian Welch

The George Square building [on Crichton Street] was constructed during a redevelopment of the area by Edinburgh University in the early 1960s. Designed in 1963 by respected post-war Edinburgh architects Alan Reiach, Eric Hall & Partners (latterly Reiach and Hall Architects who are now involved with Bennetts Associates on the new Potterow building – Informatics school, see below link) the Science Facility includes labs and lecture theatres.

The Appleton Tower provides research, teaching and learning facilities; the Edinburgh University School of Informatics is now housed in the tower following the Old Town Fire, with the neuroscience department.

Hume Tower
Hume Tower building: image © Adrian Welch

Potterrow building : Edinburgh Mosque

Back towards the centre, note the McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh, Teviot Place, Robert Rowand Anderson.



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Links related to Edinburgh George Square

Edinburgh Informatics – Bennetts Associates with Reiach and Hall Architects
Edinburgh Informatics
Edinburgh University Informatics: image from Bennetts Associates

Edinburgh University Old College – Robert Adam Architect [link further up page]
Edinburgh University Old College
Edinburgh University Old College: image © Adrian Welch

Edinburgh University Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions – Hurd Rolland
Erskine Williamson Building
Building image from Hurd Rolland Architects

Alexander Graham Bell Building – Hurd Rolland
Alexander Graham Bell Building
Building image from Hurd Rolland Architects

William Rankine Building – Hurd Rolland
William Rankine Building
William Rankine Building: images by Yahya Islami, from Hurd Rolland Architects

Kings Buildings chimney & associated works – Michael Laird Partnership
Kings Buildings
building image by Henk Snoek from Michael Laird Architects

Edinburgh Informatics – Photos

Edinburgh University Old College

Scottish Parliament

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