The new £60m state of the art Edinburgh Napier University building, designed by RMJM Architects and Buro Happold engineers, was built by Balfour Beatty.
At the core of the 24,345m2 is an eight storey block which was retained from the old university buildings, while a further 13,833m2 was developed and integrated around it.
This includes a five storey Learning Resource Centre (library and IT facilities) with floor to ceiling windows on the top floor which enjoy 180 degree spectacular panoramic views. There is also an open plan, four-storey atrium with a healthy eating café and Starbucks franchise
The new campus is a beacon of sustainability and has already been awarded a BREEAM “excellent” rating.
Low carbon emissions and effective overall energy performance play a key part of the design. During construction, 8,000m3 of demolition material was recycled and incorporated into the new building.
The keys for the campus were formally handed over in October 2010 by Balfour Beatty Construction following an 89 week construction programme. Since then, the fit-out of the building has been undertaken. The building has undergone a phased occupation starting with the University’s Professional Services and Academic staff who moved into the building immediately after handover.
In addition to Balfour Beatty Construction and RMJM Architects, the design team involved Cyril Sweett (cost consultant) and Buro Happold (Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing and Specialist Consulting Engineers).