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Edinburgh University invests £7m in postgraduate study centre

April 3 2018

Edinburgh University invests £7m in postgraduate study centre
The University of Edinburgh has pledged to invest £7m in its Old Kirk Postgraduate Centre on Holyrood Road, transforming the Old Town venue into a hub for meeting, collaboration and study.

A programme of refurbishment and extension will create both formal and informal study areas, as well as offering bookable spaces for postgraduate students seeking to arrange events, conferences and group work.

Working with Consarc Conservation the university will add a stone clad extension over three floors to aid circulation and allow the required level of accommodation to be delivered.

Kai O’ Doherty, vice president of societies and activities at the university, said: “The redevelopment of the Old Kirk is a welcome move towards creating a community-building study space where postgraduates from across all colleges can get together to meet, collaborate and work together. The involvement of postgraduate students in shaping the plans, and in running the building once built, will only strengthen the sense of ownership necessary for its success.”

Construction of the new centre is expected to begin by the end of the year with an opening expected by early 2020.

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