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Law School offices to relocate

A number of Law School academic and support offices are to relocate as an extensive refurbishment of the School’s Old College estate is undertaken.

Scheduled to begin in January 2015, the Old College Refurbishment Project will see the building’s northern side, where the Law School is housed, redeveloped in four phases.

The five-year project will preserve many of the original features of Old College, and create new spaces for teaching, learning and research.

A state-of-the-art Law Library will also extend across the north-west corner of the building.

Office moves

In order to facilitate phase one works, some academic offices and teaching support offices will be relocated across Old College or to Buccleuch Place. Much of the Law School’s teaching will also be relocated across George Square.

The School’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching offices, and student support office, are currently in the process of moving and will reopen on 9 December.

Colleagues are advised there will be slight delays in communication response times in the short term.

Phased refurbishment

The first phase of refurbishment, planned for completion by the end of 2016, will focus on the Law Library and restoration of the Robert Adam Lecture Theatre (Lecture theatre 270).

Lecture theatre 175, the Moot Court Room and the Lorimer Room, as well as several seminar rooms, will be removed to make way for necessary structural changes.

All staff and students will be kept informed as works progress.

Fundraising campaign

The refurbishment project will be overseen by LDN Architects, which has managed the redevelopment of other historic Scottish buildings, including the McEwan Hall, Abbotsford House and Fort Augustus Abbey.

As part of the project, the University has launched the Old College Campaign, which aims to raise funds for the Law Library, an enhanced scholarship and bursary programme and an extension of the Law School’s student-led pro-bono work.