“Strong collaboration” is key to Ashworth revamp


HAVING already completing the first two phases of a major refurbishment project for the University of Edinburgh, ISG is now set to start the third and final stage of the £3.1 million redevelopment of the Ashworth complex for the School of Biological Sciences.

Forming part of the King’s Buildings Campus, the five-storey Ashworth 2 building was partially upgraded in 2009 and 2013, with ISG now completing the modernisation of the remaining three floors. The scheme encompasses the reconfiguration of accommodation across these floors to create new office and research laboratory space.

This final element sees ISG working across the first floor of the building. To ensure research facilities remain fully operational throughout the works, the firm has phased the delivery programme, adopting flexible working practices to minimise impact for students and staff.

Andy McLinden, ISG’s Northern managing director explained, “Strong collaboration has been key to the success of our first two phases at the Ashworth complex. These are extremely busy research facilities and we have worked incredibly hard with the university to mitigate the impact of our activities, while undertaking a major and transformational upgrade of accommodation.”