This is an exciting time for Edinburgh Law School
Over the past five years the School has doubled its research income, significantly increased its number of academic staff and grown its postgraduate intake by 100%. It is currently one of the UK’s leading law schools, and has a vision to become one of the top law schools in the world over the next decade.
An important step to helping achieve this vision is ensuring that its estate provides accommodation and facilities fit for the 21st century whilst celebrating, revealing and preserving the building’s character and history.
The Old College refurbishment project was agreed following options appraisals, archaeological and architectural surveys and several consultations with organisations including the Cockburn Society, Architectural Heritage Society, Historic Scotland, and the Southside Association and formal planning permission was granted in October 2014.
The North side of Old College, is entirely occupied by the Law School and this, along with much of the Northwest and Southeast of the building, will be extensively refurbished in order to bring the Law School’s accommodation up to the same first-class standards as that of its teaching and research.
The Old College Quad recently received significant investment to complete the original landscaping design of the building, and on-going investment has ensured that the South side of the building, which houses University offices, has realised the full potential of Old College.
The North side of Old College however falls far short of the expectations raised by the grand exterior and it has not seen significant investment since alterations made in the 1970’s.
The project which commenced in January 2015, is intended to be completed in December 2017, and is being overseen by Architects, LDN LLP who have managed other high-profile redevelopments of historic buildings across Scotland including Parliament House Library, Fort Augustus Abbey and currently the University of Edinburgh’s McEwen Hall.