What We Do

The Estates Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the University’s estate.

Building Conservation

Looking up at New College from the Mound steps
The Estates Department is responsible for the repair and upkeep of some of Edinburgh's most iconic historical buildings.

Building Services

The Building Services Group is made up of a team of controls engineers, building surveyors, mechanical and electrical engineers.

Cleaning Services

Cleaning Services provide a professional and pro-active cleaning service across the estate.

Clerk of Works

Ensuring construction work is carried out to agreed quality standards, specification and schedule.

Contract Services

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There are four teams managed by two Area Contract Services Managers who oversee a customer focused delivery of maintenance via contractors and other specialist service providers.


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EBIS (Estates Business Information System) provides an interface to the database asset register of real time Space information and holds legacy information for Projects, Orders and Invoices.

Energy & Utilities

The Energy Office is responsible for procuring and managing the University's energy supplies.

Estates Business Services

The Estates Business Services Team provides an integrated professional support service across the Estates Department.

Estates Finance

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Contact details and services offered by the Estates Finance team.

Estates Health and Safety Management Team

An outline of the health and safety arrangements in the Estates Department.

Estates Management Office

The Estates Management Office is responsible for the general estate management of the University’s substantial portfolio of land and property.

Festival and Events

The Festival and Events Team provides technical advice and guidance for any festivals, filming and events across the Estate.


The Furniture Store is responsible for providing and maintaining freestanding furniture to all areas of the University.


Ragged poppies at the Kings Buildings
The Landscape Team maintain soft landscaped areas throughout the University's campuses.

Learning & Teaching Spaces Design

Learning & Teaching Spaces Design is responsible for the Learning and Teaching spaces associated with major capital projects and minor works.

Mail Services

University Porters deliver mail to all University buildings at no charge to the sending department.

Maintenance Services

The Trades Maintenance Unit carries out repairs and maintenance to buildings throughout the University.

Project Management

What Project Management involves, including details of current projects at the University.


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Security, safety and the wellbeing of the University community is at the heart of what we do.

Servitorial and Ceremonial Services

Ceremonial Servitor with Student during graduation
Information on the Servitorial Services of the University.

Small Projects and Minor Works

The Small Projects team provide a design and project management service for small projects, typically between £50k - £1m in value.

Space Management

Space management aims to make effective and efficient use of the University's buildings resource.

Transport and Parking

Cyclist and people crossing the road outside the King's Buildings campus
The Transport and Parking Office promotes the use of sustainable modes of transport at the University such as cycling, walking and public transport.


Recycling point
How we carry out waste management and recycling at the University.