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University of Edinburgh launches student centre consultation

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June 27 2017

University of Edinburgh launches student centre consultation
Edinburgh University has unveiled plans for a radical extension to Teviot Row House, billed as the world’s oldest purpose-built student union, under a £75m modernization plan.

Occupying a gap site between George and Bristo Square the Student Centre would provide a one-stop shop for university services and student wellbeing; including cafes, foodhalls and a nightclub.

Indicative plans drawn up by Page\Park have will be put on display for the first time today, illustrating how a rear access lane could be reborn as a public square.

University principal Sir Timothy O’Shea commented: “This inviting, inspiring space will underpin our vision to deliver an outstanding student experience. It will create a home from home where students feel welcomed and inspired to achieve their full potential.”

The phased project will begin with refurbishment of the existing gothic pile next year but full completion of the ambitious project isn’t planned until 2024.
A glazed walkway would connect the extension to Teviot Row House
A glazed walkway would connect the extension to Teviot Row House
The central hub would provide a space for students and staff to congregate
The central hub would provide a space for students and staff to congregate

The extension would complete the university's George Square frontage
The extension would complete the university's George Square frontage
The proposed view from Charles Street
The proposed view from Charles Street

6 Comments

A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 28 Jun 2017 at 13:34 PM
It will be interesting to hear what sort of feedback this gets. Certainly it looks to have the potential of being a very fine project. However I am not at all convinced by view from Charles St!
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 28 Jun 2017 at 14:18 PM
What's the first view UR? I can't place the rather Greek Thomson building on the site - is this from another Page\Park job?
Urban Realm
#3 Posted by Urban Realm on 28 Jun 2017 at 14:47 PM
The 'Greek Thomson-style' building is the Reid Concert Hall. The new build next to it is fronting Charles Street Lane.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.9445674,-3.1897941,3a,75y,64.27h,105.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0VN63vODY7t66CK1SxbR8w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
StyleCouncil
#4 Posted by StyleCouncil on 29 Jun 2017 at 08:01 AM
Love this. Charles St Lane has the potential of being a fantastic public space. Beautiful proposals and drawings.
Egbert
#5 Posted by Egbert on 29 Jun 2017 at 11:22 AM
#3 Thanks UR - don't think I'd ever seen that side of it before. Hadn't appreciated just how much just how much demolition this scheme entails - looks like everything on the north side of Charles St Lane is going apart from Teviot itself, so not strictly the gap site development this is being badged as...
Islands of sanity
#6 Posted by Islands of sanity on 5 Jul 2017 at 22:22 PM
Reserve judgement till full set of plans available but immediate thoughts are that more respect is required to the original Teviot Row and I prefer the current unassertive pharmacy building to the showy assymettrical building which has no place in George Square.

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