A significant aspect of the project was the relocation from various diverse sites throughout Edinburgh to a single consolidated campus on a greenfield site at Old Craighall.
KJ Tait Engineers, involved from the earliest stages of masterplanning, designed the utilities infrastructure and were retained (by winning in competition) for the implementation stage and construction of the new campus. The new £100m campus accommodates 3,250 full-time-equivalent students and 500 staff on a 35-acre site. The main facilities include the 22,500 m² main academic building and a separate sports and union facility. From the outset, the design team was set the challenge of achieving the accolade of the ‘Most Sustainable Campus in Scotland’. In addition to MEP engineering services design, the role of Sustainability Advocate was performed by KJ Tait Engineers.
The development incorporates many sustainable features, including a major central biomass plant, thin-client ICT technology and many other features which, at completion, contributed to the highest bespoke BREEAM rating and lowest carbon footprint of any Scottish education campus.