Estates

Face lift for Old College

The Estates Department recently completed an extensive ten month long conservation project to restore Old College’s exterior walls.

Old College stonework

Built in 1827, the A listed building is one of Edinburgh’s best known landmarks and home to both the University of Edinburgh’s Law School and the Playfair Library. It is considered by Historic Environment Scotland to be one of the most impressive and significant academic buildings in Scotland. 

A survey carried out in 2015 highlighted the need to repair and restore the building’s east façade as areas of the stonework had over time deteriorated. With the support of Historic Environment Scotland, Estates carried out research into different restoration processes to find a solution that wouldn’t damage the aged stone.

The Project

We worked with Conservation architects from Consarc Conservation and historic stone restoration contractors, Ashwood Scotland to deliver the project.

You can read more about the specialist work carried out by the conservation architects and stonemasons: