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Graham brought on board to fix National Library of Scotland defects

February 26 2014

Graham brought on board to fix National Library of Scotland defects
The National Library of Scotland has appointed Graham Construction to undertake a £10m reclad and redevelopment of its Causewayside Building

The 19,000sq/m building, delivered in two phases in 1989 and 1995, has been hit by ‘widespread’ air and water leakage and now requires a replacement roof, rain screen cladding, glazing, stonework and water discharge systems.

When inviting tenders the library blamed these problems on deteriorating materials, poor workmanship and complexity of design.’

Though not listed Andrew Merrylees Associates won the Royal Scottish Academy‘s 1982 gold medal for architecture with their design.

Graham expects to move on site this June for completion in 2017.


#1 Posted by Bob on 26 Feb 2014 at 12:47 PM
Was the extension not designed by 'Andrew Merrylees' circa 1982?
#2 Posted by ooctopus on 26 Feb 2014 at 14:02 PM
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#3 Posted by The Bairn on 26 Feb 2014 at 15:05 PM
I'm sure architectural technicians were in existence before 1982. The building would have undoubtedly benefitted from better detailing to avoid its many defects. What do they say in Glasgow...all fur coat but nae knickers ...
#4 Posted by Edinburghshire on 26 Feb 2014 at 21:15 PM
Blooming typical......the NLS building in Edinburgh is 30 years ahead of the Raddison on argyle street, Glasgow

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