The University of Edinburgh has appointed GRAHAM Building to undertake the upgrade of the student union at Teviot Row House in Scotland. 

Teviot Row House, constructed in 1889, is said to be the world’s oldest purpose-built student union.  

It is located next to Potterrow in Bristo Square, Edinburgh.

The renovation is expected to modernise the facility while preserving its historical character and features, ensuring it meets the needs of the contemporary student community at the university.

The project will also focus on achieving a high standard of sustainable construction. 

The upgrade will include the modernisation of the site’s café and bar area, the creation of a new student community lounge, group workspaces, a well-being studio, and a gallery.  

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The existing Library Bar, Dining Room, Debating Hall, and Teviot Garden of the Category B-listed building will be retained. 

The University of Edinburgh in collaboration with its Students’ Association announced plans last June for the upgrade of Teviot Row House.  

The plans involved merging the site’s Sports and Underground bars to form a larger, more accessible café that would function as a flexible space for both day and evening events. 

The university intends to provide alternative informal study spaces on the central campus while the works take place.

This is set to ensure that students have access to open-plan study areas close to Teviot throughout the renovation. 

Students’ Association president Niamh Roberts said: “We are pleased to see these important works to maintain and preserve Teviot and the opportunity to enhance services for students within the building.  

“There is an impact whilst the work goes ahead and we will work hard to minimise this through our alternative provision.” 

Completion of the Teviot Row House upgrade is expected by early 2025. 

Earlier this month, GRAHAM was reappointed by Hampshire County Council to work on the ‘southern highways and civils framework’ in the UK.