Graham Construction starts work on University of Edinburgh student accommodation project

Work on the £22 million Buccleuch Place & Meadow Lane Student Accommodation Project for the University of Edinburgh is now underway following Graham Construction’s appointment as main contractor.

The firm began preparatory work on the site in Scotland’s capital in December with the project completion expected by summer 2017.

The project involves the conversion and refurbishment of two grade B-listed tenement blocks and the construction of four new build accommodation blocks in the city’s Southside conservation area.

The conversion and refurbishment will see the current office accommodation at 1 to 6 & 7 to 13 Buccleuch Place transformed into 246 student bedrooms split into cluster flat arrangements.

Meanwhile, to accommodate the construction of the four new build accommodation blocks at Meadow Lane, the existing site will be cleared and converted into a further 138 bedrooms (within 22 cluster flats), complete with common rooms, laundry facilities, warden’s flat, energy centre and stunning landscaped courtyards.

Whilst keeping in tune with the surrounding area, this student accommodation offering will be a contemporary take on the City’s traditional tenement design and will be constructed using natural stone, glass and zinc.

Once completed, the project will create an outstanding centralised student accommodation at the heart of the University of Edinburgh.

Regional director at Graham Construction, Neil McFarlane, said:

“Securing this contract with one of Scotland’s most respected universities is a real boost for Graham Construction, and the two-part dimension of refurbishing existing premises on site coupled with a new build construction poses an interesting challenge – one the team is looking forward to.

“This latest project further underlines the strong relationship forged between Graham Construction and the University in recent years.

“We are confident the completed project will provide truly first-class facilities that the students of the University of Edinburgh will be happy to call their home away from home for decades to come.”