Borders College, one of the largest providers of further and higher education in Scotland's south east, has joined part of Heriot Watt University on the newly created Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, south of Edinburgh. Our engineers and consultants worked on a new university building and the refurbishment of three 1960s higher education buildings redeveloped to accommodate the College.
The three refurbished buildings have been stripped of their out-dated building services and provided with high-efficiency lighting and heating systems. Economical heat recovery ventilation systems have also been installed. High windows with temperature-controlled opening functions provide natural ventilation.
The new building is for Herit Watt. Here, solar panel installation has lowered the building's hot water energy costs. All four buildings have been equipped with new IT systems. Water and drainage have also been improved.
In order that the rest of the Campus should remain open during construction work, the project went ahead in phases. The installation of new equipment was carried out room-by-room at unoccupied times and during holiday periods where possible. Classes, administration activities and the library were all temporarily moved to rooms already completed while upgrades were carried out. By minimising disruption, a group of post-graduate students was able to continue its experiments throughout the project period.