University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre Building Project, 7 Bristo Square Architecture Photos

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre Building

19 May 2022

Design: Page\Park Architects

Location: 7 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, south east Scotland

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre

Photos by Keith Hunter

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre by Page\Park

For the first time, the University of Edinburgh’s new Health and Wellbeing Centre brings together the institution’s previously disconnected Counselling and Disability services, Pharmacy and Health Centre, in a now fully accessible facility. Dedicated to the prevention and treatment of mental and physical health issues, both clinically and holistically, the Centre has become a beacon for the promotion student and staff well-being.

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre

7 Bristo Square, a Modernist former Refectory, had been earmarked for demolition. What began as a light-touch, temporary fix to smarten a tired, unloved part of the Central Area, has resuscitated the building. We believe that re-use of an existing building is an inherently sustainable approach. This not only ensures the maximum use of material lifespan but, reduces waste.

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre

We worked closely with the university to analyse existing service accommodation, facilities and provision, to understand requirements and future needs. The new facility needed to balance visibility and openness with discretion, confidentiality, and security. With its inaccessibility to wheelchair users and confusing separate entrances to each of the existing services, creating a single, democratic, public front door would be key to simplifying and unifying the building.

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre

Peeling back decades of unsympathetic interventions, reconfiguring its internal layout to create fully accessible routes, and introducing a new front door and arcade onto Bristo Square, has resulted in an innovative, student-focussed facility at the heart of the University’s Central Area Campus. The programme provides a 50% increase in one-to-one consultation space provision, a student Wellbeing Lounge (for social connection rather than study), dedicated space for quiet reflection or contemplation, and multipurpose workshop rooms for activities ranging from group counselling to yoga sessions.
New architectural elements are purposefully restrained and make use of the building’s existing Modernist cues – simple floorplates, voids, and natural light – to filter light deep into the plan.

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre

Structural modification was minimised to avoid disruption of live, occupied, clinical settings, but new lifts connect ground, first and second floors. Circulation widths and glazing have been treated differently to contrast open and public routes with more private and discrete. A new Changing Places Toilet has also been provided – the first in the Central Area Campus.

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre at 7 Bristo Square

Colour, finishes, and wayfinding were critical, playing a vital role in student experience. Working with staff and students, a colour palette and fittings were selected to evoke familiarity and sense of place using natural tones and textures inspired by the cherry blossoms at the Meadows.

7 Bristo Square Building

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The Health and Wellbeing Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland – Building Information

Project Name: University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre
Architects: Page\Park
Website: http://pagepark.co.uk
Contact person: Catriona Macdonald
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 0141 553 5440

7 Bristo Square by Page\Park Architects

Completion year: 2021
Approx. Gross floor area: 3180m2
Project location: University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre
7 Bristo Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9AL

Photo credits: Keith Hunter

University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Centre

OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Lead Architect: Catriona Macdonald
Page\Park team: Catriona Macdonald, Colin Glover, Jamie Hamilton, Christine Turnbull
Client: University of Edinburgh
Structural Engineers: ARUP
Services Engineers: Harley Haddow
Fire Engineers: Atelier Ten
Acoustic Engineers: Sandy Brown
Cost Consultant: Thomson Bethune
Principal Designer: Page\Park (advised by CDM-Scotland)
Main Contactor: Morrison Construction Scotland
Arthur Mackay

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Precast – Acid-etched Architectral Precast, Plean Precast
Marmoleum – Solid and Splash, Forbo
Rubber – Signa, Nora
Sofas / chairs – Bali, Johannson (supplied by Claremont Furniture)

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