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Queen Margaret University

LocationNewcraighall, Edinburgh

ClientReLocate: A New University Campus

StatusCompleted 2008

Working closely with Dyer Associates, the site planning for this £43 million new campus intended to consolidate scattered faculties onto a single location complete with student residences. The aspiration was to make it a sustainable campus, meeting the highest environmental standards.

The resulting masterplan contains a central square fronted by the academic building and the sports and social hub. Residences are separated from the academic functions across a green wedge that provides the fulcrum of the campus, exploiting the sloping site to form grass terraces overlooking a pond with a deck outside the refectory. Beyond this lies parkland sloping down to a large pond that provides SuDS retention and an important new habitat. Cycleways and a running path, sports pitches and an extensive woodland structure planting surround the campus heart.

The project was delivered through a 2 stage design and build contract, under which we were novated to the Principal Contractor for the second stage.

Landscape masterplan

Aerial view

Views from formal space towards surrounding countryside

Swales form strong network of green infrastructure

Café looks onto external spaces

Diverse planting creating an attractive campus

Central social space

Entrance with formal tree planting

Water feature and social space

Diverse landscape provides opportunity for wildlife

SUDs pond and deck

Interaction with the SUDs feature via timber deck

Intimate social spaces easily accessible from the campus buildings

Path through new woodland planting