7-8 Chambers Street University of Edinburgh Building, Property refurbishment images

7-8 Chambers Street for The University of Edinburgh

New Base for Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students, Scotland

15 Mar 2019

7-8 Chambers Street University of Edinburgh Building


Robertson has completed a £3.1m refurbishment project for The University of Edinburgh – with work also recently concluded on another campus development.

7-8 Chambers Street for The University of Edinburgh

The infrastructure firm has refurbished a four-storey building at 7-8 Chambers Street in the centre of the city. The former police training school has been transformed into a new base for the University’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture students, with accessible general teaching space also created.

The project was procured via Major Works Scotland, part of Scape’s National Construction framework. The framework has been configured to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement, ongoing apprenticeship schemes and community initiatives through an extensive Scottish supply chain.

Robertson has also recently completed the refurbishment of the Lister Learning and Teaching Centre for the University. The project, which has a value of £5.7m, has provided modern teaching and lecture facilities for the University’s students.

7-8 Chambers Street University of Edinburgh building interior

David Cairns, Managing Director, Robertson Central East, said: “We have worked closely with the University of Edinburgh on a number of projects and we are delighted to have handed over 7-8 Chambers Street on time and on budget.

“This has been an extensive refurbishment and I have no doubt that the new teaching spaces will be of huge benefit to students and staff alike. We are extremely proud of the quality of the modern new facilities whilst retaining key features of the 1887 Grade C listed building.”

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, commented: “The University of Edinburgh and Robertson have done a fantastic job in transforming 7-8 Chambers Street and providing the University’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture students with a new hub of design and inspiration. The project will have lasting benefits beyond the build process, which promises to help provide our industry with the next generation of architects.

“Working in a busy city centre location presents challenges during construction and Robertson were able to overcome these to deliver the scheme on budget and on time, while ensuring minimal disruption to residents, students and faculty staff.”

About Robertson

Robertson is one of the largest independently owned construction, infrastructure and support services companies in the UK, with a strong confirmed order book, diverse income streams and a dedicated, expert workforce.

About Scape Group

Scape Group is a public-sector organisation, dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment. Scape and its subsidiaries offer fully managed frameworks, property services, innovative design solutions, community investment opportunities and joint ventures.

By bringing together the strongest teams from the public and private sectors, Scape’s rapidly deployed, highly measurable and collaborative approach delivers value for money and quality buildings whilst stimulating local economic growth and community enrichment. Scape operates with a buying capacity of around £13bn and has helped to deliver over 2,400 public sector projects with more than 1,800 currently in progress. In 2018, Scape Group was named the ‘Best Client to Work With’ across the public and private sector, at the annual Construction Enquirer Awards for the third consecutive year.

For more information visit: www.scapegroup.co.uk

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