The Institute combines business, arts, humanities and sciences with external partners in a multidisciplinary building. The surgical building of Edinburgh’s former Royal Infirmary, a category A listed building at the heart of the Quartermile development, is to be the setting for the new facility, close to the Meadows and George Square. With the medical facilities now gone, the historic building is to be restored, extended and upgraded to form a wide range of teaching and learning spaces, function areas and workspace for academics, all linked together by broad circulation routes and dynamic spatial volumes.
A new public space is proposed on Lauriston Place, providing prominent access to the main entrance. The sloping site allows the creation of a major event space below the new square, with level access from the south.