Work complete at historic University of Edinburgh buildings

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KIER Construction Scotland has announced completion of the multi-million-pound transformation of two historic University of Edinburgh buildings.

The £14 million refurbishment of the Grade A-listed Edinburgh College of Art involved upgrades of the building’s fabric and internal systems and improvements, including bringing a previously unused courtyard into use. The West Court is a new multi-purpose event space, equipped with audio and visual facilities.

The second transformation involved the £7.7 million refurbishment of the Grade B-listed Murchison House. The ex-British Geological Survey building has undergone an extensive fit-out to transform it into a “dynamic, multi-functional” building. It consists of an open-plan teaching hub with study spaces, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, Edinburgh Innovations’ offices and incubation units, a café and student services offices.

Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland and North East said, “We are proud to have successfully completed these major projects which have allowed us to rejuvenate these historic buildings and provide much improved, state-of-the-art new facilities which will improve the student experience at the University and leave a legacy for staff to enjoy.

“Throughout these projects, we have deepened our relationships with the local supply chain to help create a range of employment opportunities throughout Edinburgh and surrounding areas. We also provided over 50 work placements, paid internships and training opportunities and engaged with over 1,000 school, college and university students to give them a unique insight into these important buildings and into the diverse world of construction.”

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