Edinburgh University presses ahead with £60m campus plans

Edinburgh University Old College building, Quad. Ian Georgeson
Edinburgh University Old College building, Quad. Ian Georgeson
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EDINBURGH University is progressing plans to build a £60 million campus for its school of geosciences.

Senior figures at the institution have appointed John McAslan and Partners to undertake design work following an international competition.

Picture; Ian Georgeson

Picture; Ian Georgeson

Stretching to 20,000 sq m, the King’s Buildings campus will centre on an atrium to help facilitate physical and visual connections between departments.

It will also encourage communication between researchers by opening up previously closed teams. Other features will include a reinterpretation of standard laboratory layouts.

In a statement, university leaders said: “At the heart of the building will be a central hub which connects the different parts of the building. This hub will be an inspiring and inclusive meeting space where staff and students can interact informally, where geographers meet climate scientists and ecologists meet geophysicists, where ideas, innovation, partnerships and friendships can flourish.”