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June 8 2011

Page\Park showcase Edinburgh University refurbishment
Page\Park have outlined their plans for the refurbishment of Edinburgh Universities David Hume tower and William Robertson Building to an invited audience of clients, historians and architects.

Project architect, Karen Pickering describes the work to remodel the category A and B listed buildings as “careful conservation” and part of a wider estate of buildings around Edinburgh’s George Square.

Both properties are distinguished by their high quality stone cladding and hardwood windows together with their prized provision of large floorplates within a central location.

These considerations mitigated against demolition and instead Page/Park will undertake internal remodelling of the buildings to bring them up to present day standards of space, light and energy efficiency.

Externally the elevations will be unaffected by this work with treatments instead devised to match the recently refurbished Adam Ferguson building along with double glazing and improved insulation.
A space age addition to the rear will acknowledge the buildings space age 1960s birth
A space age addition to the rear will acknowledge the buildings space age 1960s birth
An unobtrusive glazed rooftop extension will be the most notable addition
An unobtrusive glazed rooftop extension will be the most notable addition

1 Comment

RBR
#1 Posted by RBR on 9 Jun 2011 at 13:44 PM
Along with Basil Spence's adjacent library, these buildings collectively form one of the best examples of postwar architecture and urbanism in Scotland.
"Unobtrusive rooftop extensions" and "space age additions" are at best, insulting; and at worst, capable of obliterating the considered massing of the buildings whose profiles are as significant as their "stone cladding and hardwood windows".
Edinburgh University should, however, be congratulated for its inclination to persevere with its postwar estate, which is more than can be said for the (supposedly more design conscious) Glasgow School of Art.

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