Building Conservation

The Estates Department is responsible for the repair and upkeep of some of Edinburgh's most iconic historical buildings.

Old College

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 and currently occupies more than 550 academic, administrative and residential buildings throughout the city of Edinburgh across five campuses. 

The estate is an exciting mix of eras and architecture. Many of the buildings enjoy listed status and are integral to the unique qualities and characteristics of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site of Edinburgh. 

Within the Estates Department we have a dedicated resource who is responsible for oversight on all historical buildings. We work closely with Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh City Council to conserve our estate. 

The Estates Department is responsible for the repair and upkeep of these buildings and we take our responsibility to preserve the University's history and heritage seriously:

  • Alterations are sympathetic to the building's original character 
  • We aim to conserve and adapt to incorporate accessibility across the estate 
  • Original architectural features are conserved wherever possible
  • We procure specialist suppliers of services
  • Strive to ensure we work as closely as possible to best practice

University of Edinburgh Listed Buildings

Case Studies