Morrison to deliver Health and Wellbeing Centre for University of Edinburgh
November 14, 2018 – Scottish company Morrison Construction has been appointed for the construction of the University of Edinburgh’s new Health and Wellbeing Centre at 7 Bristo Square, to promote health and wellbeing for students.
Work on extending and renovating the building and creating a new accessible entrance on Bristo Square began in October 2018 and is due for completion in 2019.
The building will provide students easy access to range of essential services. The university’s Student Counselling and Disability Services, currently located in the Main Library, will be brought together with the medical practice and pharmacy when the new development opens.
The NHS GP surgery on the top two floors will remain open during the construction. The pharmacy on the first floor will also continue to operate before its relocation into a larger space on the ground floor, improving the range of goods and services.
The ground floor will be extended to include an accessible entrance and wellbeing lounge, designed to promote positive mental health.
A reception area and waiting room for the Student Counselling and Disability Services will be located on the first floor. The first and second floors, as well as the lower ground level will accommodate consultation rooms for one-to-one meetings and group sessions.
Morrison Construction central Scotland managing director Eddie Robertson said: “We look forward to working with the University of Edinburgh and delivering this important health facility to the student community.
“Our team has been on site since the end of October. Currently, we are undertaking surveying of the building and beginning to strip the inside of the structure to allow for refurbishment works.
“At Morrison Construction, we have extensive experience of delivering high-quality facilities and a proud history of developing successful long-term partnerships.’’
The Wellbeing Centre is part of the university’s wider investment to improve facilities for students across the university estate.
University of Edinburgh student wellbeing director Andy Shanks said: “This development is a fantastic example of the university’s commitment to delivering excellent wellbeing services.
“It will put student wellbeing at the heart of the university’s city centre campus, making it easier for students that need help to access support, and expanding the range of spaces and services on offer.”