Charteris Land, University of Edinburgh

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Charteris Land, University of Edinburgh

Charteris Land is part of the large campus that was originally the Moray House School of Education which sits within the world heritage site.

This project provided new accommodation to co-locate the School of Education’s art, music, science and technology departments under one roof including: new wood, metal and plastics workshops, biology, chemistry and physics laboratories, music rehearsal and performance spaces, a recording studio, computer laboratories and art studios as well as staff offices and student facilities. The existing building was refurbished on four levels and there was also a new extension to provide up-to-date classrooms with all the latest technology.

This was a tight city centre site with difficult access, and difficult ground conditions. An existing underground service duct containing communication cables linking several University buildings across the Moray House Campus was kept in service throughout the construction by ensuring the new building bridged across the duct. Our design team worked closely with the client to identify potential conflicts of structure and services from the outset and eliminate these.