MORRISON Construction has started work on the University of Edinburgh’s new Health & Wellbeing Centre.
Work to renovate and extend the existing building at 7 Bristo Square is due for completion next year. Students will have access to a range of services, with the university’s student counselling and disability services – both currently located in the main library – poised to be brought together with the medical practice and pharmacy for the first time.
Morrison said the NHS GP surgery on the top two floors will remain open during the construction work. The pharmacy on the first floor will also continue to operate before it is relocated to the ground floor into a larger space.
The building’s ground floor is being extended to include an accessible entrance and wellbeing lounge to promote positive mental health. Consultation rooms will be available on the first and second floors, as well as on the lower ground level.
Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s managing director of Central Scotland said, “We look forward to working with the University of Edinburgh and delivering this important health facility to the student community. Our team has been on site since the end of October. Currently, we are undertaking surveying of the building and beginning to strip the inside of the structure to allow for refurbishment works.”
Andy Shanks, director of student wellbeing at the University of Edinburgh added. “This development is a fantastic example of the university’s commitment to delivering excellent wellbeing services. It will put student wellbeing at the heart of the University’s city centre campus, making it easier for students that need help to access support, and expanding the range of spaces and services on offer.”