British construction company, Balfour Beatty, has secured a £70m contract to deliver the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a refurbishment and extension project on behalf of the University of Edinburgh.
Under the terms of the contract, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for restoring and connecting six wards; unlocking the wide corridors in the building to create free-flowing areas in the university’s Grade- A listed Old Royal Infirmary hospital building, spanning more than 21,000m².
The development is part-funded by Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.
After completion, it will provide multiple teaching and learning facilities, function areas and work spaces for staff, students and the general public.
The company will utilise Building Information Modelling (BIM) and augmented and virtual reality technologies to improve the restoration process of the building.
Balfour Beatty managing director of Scotland and Ireland Hector Macaulay said: “We have a long history of restoring listed buildings, including the National Museum of Scotland and the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
“Combining the latest construction techniques and technologies, we look forward to sympathetically restoring Edinburgh’s Old Royal Infirmary hospital for the wider benefit of the community.”
Works are due to commence in spring 2019 and overall completion is expected ahead of the start of the academic year in 2021.
The project is expected to employ 170 people at the peak of construction and employ a range of local supply chain partners.
Balfour Beatty provides innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth.
The company finances, develops, builds and maintains complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings and its main geographies are the UK and Ireland, the US and Far East.
Major projects in the company’s current portfolio include The Gatty Marine building for the University of St Andrews, Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus, University of Strathclyde’s Learning and Teaching Hub, the Institute for Regeneration and Repair for the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment for Network Rail and A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Burnham for Transport Scotland.
Image: Balfour Beatty to deliver University of Edinburgh Futures Institute. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty.