Awards for restoration projects

Three University buildings have been commended at a major awards ceremony for innovation in construction.

Renovation projects at St Cecilia’s Hall, McEwan Hall and Appleton Tower were commended at the 2018 Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors Awards in Scotland.

St Cecilia's Hall & Museum


The refurbishment project at St Cecilia’s Hall was the overall winner in the Conservation category, while McEwan Hall was highly commended.  

Appleton Tower received the Design Through Innovation Award.

The projects will compete to become overall category winners at the UK wide RICS Awards later this year.

Winning these awards is a great endorsement of the work the Estates department does on behalf of the University as it recognises our efforts to restore, modernise and extend the life of the University’s most historic buildings.

Gary JebbDirector of Estates

Music museum

St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall. It is home to the University’s collection of historic musical instruments from around the world.

The refurbishment project transformed the original Georgian building. It made it fit-for-purpose and reclaimed its position as a key cultural and ceremonial space for the University. 

McEwan Hall

Ceremonial hall

The restoration of McEwan Hall has recaptured the building’s former glory.  The project was a combination of sympathetic new build and meticulous restoration.

The University’s Estates team worked with LDN Architects investing in repairing the building fabric. It upgraded service installations and addressed historical accessibility issues to reinvigorate the venue’s role at the heart of University life.

Appleton Tower

Appleton Tower has been modernised to create a better learning environment for students.

The exterior of the building has been transformed into an attractive, landmark building with a new entrance on the east side of the building provides improved disabled access.

Appleton Tower

Modern design

Designed in 1963 by the respected post-war Edinburgh architects Reiach and Hall, Appleton Tower is recognised by Historic Environment Scotland as a great example of modern design. It was opened in 1968 and named in honour of the physicist, and former Edinburgh Principal, Sir Edward Appleton.

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St Cecilia's Hall & Museum image: ©Jim Stephenson