The University of Edinburgh is seeking a contractor to undertake the refurbishment of its 11-storey Darwin Tower.
The tower, which houses the university’s biology department, will be comprehensively remodelled and extended as part of the £90m scheme.
The winning contractor will create a 16,500 sq m research building containing specialist research labs, with generic primary and secondary wet and dry labs, as well as associated write-up spaces. The works include a three-storey extension housing a lecture theatre, seminar spaces, meeting rooms, and a cafe.
The Darwin Tower was fully vacated in September 2015, with asbestos-stripping work set to get underway this year in July. The building will be fully stripped and ready for refurbishment by the end of 2017.
As part of the scheme, the university is looking to fully re-clad the tower using a double-skin cladding system, which it hopes will enhance both the building’s appearance and energy performance.
It is expected the building will be completely refurbished and ready for occupation by autumn 2020.
The university’s most recent refurbishment scheme, a £19m renovation of the listed McEwan Hall building, was won by Interserve last year.