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Walter Bower House

Walter Bower House

The building, which is part of an old paper mill site, which the University are developing covers approximately nine hectares of land, now known as Eden Campus, the refurbished buildings will house approximately 450 members of the University’s professional services staff. The design created a series of multi-purpose spaces that will fulfil the current and future demands of the university to BREEAM excellent standard. Bringing the buildings back into use, having been unoccupied for approximately 10 years was key to the University rather than demolishing and building new. The buildings date from 1900’s, 1950’s to present and were of varying constructions having, solid and cavity brick walls with timber floors and roof trusses, concrete frame, with concrete slab floors, and composite steel panelled clad steel portal frames.

The different constructions posed various challenges through the design and construction in order to repair and make good the existing and also to bring them up to modern day standard whilst retaining their past character where possible both internally and externally. Combining the old with the new, the building encompasses six of the site’s original buildings, which have been converted into approximately 7,000m2 of open plan office space and library storage. The new entrance building also provides a double height entrance reception and a conference facility. The buildings incorporate large industrial windows taking cues from the past and use the existing roof profiles with rooflights to provide staff with natural lighting deep into the building plan whilst also providing views of the surrounding estuary. The material palette includes reused scotch slate from the site, new metal standing seam roofing, new brickwork, aluminium windows, doors & curtain walling and western red cedar timber cladding.

PROJECT: Walter Bower House
LOCATION: Guardbridge, St Andrews
CLIENT: University of St Andrews
PROJECT MANAGER: Faithful & Gould
Walter Bower House
Walter Bower House
Walter Bower House

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