Faithful+Gould University of Edinburgh projects get royal seal of approval

Alastair Chisholm
The new Bayes Centre at Potterow and the Lister Learning and Teaching Centre have been opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, met our project managers Ross Hamilton and John O'Hara at the official opening of their completed projects for the University.


Bayes Centre Lead Project Manager, Ross Hamilton, meeting Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Credit: Douglas Robertson 

The Bayes Centre was one of Faithful+Gould's most prominent projects through the Scape Asset Management, Surveying and Design Services Framework and recently was visited by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to formally agree the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.


Partners mark the signing of the City Region Deal. Credit: David Cheskin

It is the final phase of the University's Potterrow Development and is the first of five data-driven innovation hubs being created as part of the recently announced Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The new hubs will help business and public sector organisations develop new innovations and technological advancements through collaboration with researchers and data analysts. Participants will embed their research and development teams in the University environment to facilitate collaboration.

Ross Hamilton, Regional Director and lead project manager on the Bayes Centre, commented "I'm really proud to have led a world-class design team, delivering full project management services from the outset to catalyse University of Edinburgh’s ambition to be at the forefront of data-driven innovation. This project typifies the University’s commitment to creating a world-class campus as the building will solve real-world problems through scientific enquiry, inspiring design and industrial collaboration."

The second project featured at the official opening involved the redevelopment of the existing Lister and Pfizer buildings at 5 Roxburgh Place to create a modern, fully accessible Lister Learning and Teaching Centre. The project comprises a new six storey link building and fully refurbished and remodelled existing accommodation to provide two teaching studios, 10 seminar rooms and 15 tutorial rooms, all with associated breakout space, and the refurbishment of the existing Davidson Lecture Hall.


Lister Learning and Teaching Centre Lead Project Manager, John O’Hara, meeting Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Credit: Douglas Robertson  

Paul Sherry, Director, also said, "We have been proud to work for the University of Edinburgh for the last five years on their exciting plans to transform their estate and the city centre of Edinburgh. These latest projects are perfect examples of how the University has engaged with leading local consultants to deliver world-class academic facilities." 

The projects are part of an ongoing investment in the University's estate. With a capital spend of £1.5 billion over 10 years their vision is of creating a world-class estate for a world-class university. Their focus is engaging with the designers and the wider industry to provide innovative, safe and sustainable places to support world-class academic activity and enhance the student experience. 

Faithful+Gould is supporting the University providing project management, quantity surveying and principal designer services.


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