£90m bid race for Edinburgh Uni Darwin tower revamp

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
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The University of Edinburgh is starting the search for a contractor to revamp and modernise its 10 floor Darwin building at the Kings Building’s campus.

10-storey tower overhaul designed by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
10-storey tower overhaul designed by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Under the plan an existing 1960s laboratory tower overhauled and re-clad. The works include a three storey extension housing a lecture theatre, seminar spaces meeting rooms and a cafe.

The existing tower was vacated last September to prepare the way for 18-month programme of asbestos removal due to start in July.

The plan is then to recald the tower using a double-skin cladding system to enhance both the building’s appearance and energy performance.

The building will also be extensively refurbished to provide 170,000 sq ft of high-quality research space by Autumn 2020.

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It is architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ first major commission in Scotland. The design team also included Belfast-based architectural practice Ostick and Williams, for their lab expertise, and by WYG for all engineering services.

When completed, the New Biology Complex will integrate existing and new buildings into one cohesive mini-campus with a total of 320,000 sq ft of research space housing more than 800 scientists – a powerhouse of biological research and translation in the UK.

PQQ information can be found on the Public Tenders Scotland portal and search for project Code 5917 under PQQs Open to All Suppliers.

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