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Social Space Refurbishment

Location: University of Edinburgh

Summary: Creation of student social space within operational Grade B listed university teaching building.

Description of Works:

Alteration and refurbishment works to part of an operational Grade B listed university teaching building to create student social space.

The refurbishment  featured natural white oak timber finishes, a high resolution large scale digital wall covering, large scale glazed doors, a quiet study room, tea prep area, a 22m² preserved Nordik moss wall and the replacement of Georgian wired roof lights with rain sensing, automatic opening sky lights and passive vents.

Works included:

  • Downtakings/strip-out works
  • Alterations including structural
  • Structural steelwork
  • Re-roofing areas including installation of new rooflights and roof access system
  • Partition walls
  • Doors and glazed screens
  • M&E refurbishment works
  • Floor finishes including wood and carpet tiles
  • Wall finishes including fabric and vinyl wall coverings
  • Painterwork
  • Fixtures and fittings including kitchen and bench seating.

Client Comment

“Creating this space during term time gave the Estates project team and the contractor, Maxi Construction particular issues as the site was flanked on two sides by high use 100 and 250 capacity lecture theatres. Noise was a potential problem as significant internal structural works were undertaken to open up part of the corridor elevation and to support the roof whilst demolishing a full height central wall. Roof works were also carried out to replace Georgian wired roof lights with rain sensing automatic opening roof lights and passive vents.

Remarkably, no complaints of noisy working were received!!”

Professor Colin Pulham, Chair of High Pressure Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry.

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John C Aitchison
Managing Director
E: johnaitchison@maxiconstruction.co.uk


Barry Simpson
Construction Director
E: barrysimpson@maxiconstruction.co.uk


Claire MacKenzie
Marketing Manager
E: clairemackenzie@maxiconstruction.co.uk

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This important and challenging project

“This important and challenging project has been completed quietly, efficiently and professionally without any fuss."

Well done

“Well done in completing the first phase of the works, on programme and with zero snagging. The client is delighted with the end product which has exceeded their expectations.”

The building is impressive

"I would like to pass on the thanks of the whole school to everyone involved in what was a well-managed, well communicated and safely delivered project.”

The handover of Phase 2

“The handover of Phase 2 a day early has assisted the client to better manage their move management on two projects which occur over the same weekend, an effort which is greatly appreciated.”