Building Futures


CCG has successfully completed an £11.98m upgrade of Appleton Tower a key landmark in the city and a core University of Edinburgh building which is recognised as an exemplar of modern design by Historic Environment Scotland. The new Over-cladding of the tower has reinvigorated the building’s facade which was essential due to the condition and remaining lifespan of the original cladding. A new rooftop storey and new east entrance with landscaping has been created to breathe new life into the Tower and Central Area Campus.

The works that have been undertaken to Appleton Tower were actioned after an extensive period of assessment stretching as far back as 2008. The University of Edinburgh wanted to improve accessibility and introduce additional space for students, staff, and conference festival events.

CCG’s building renewals division, Specialist Building Services (SBS) was chosen to lead the construction works in November 2015 and through SBS’s unmatched expertise, Appleton Tower now has upgraded external thermal insulation to improve environmental performance, a brand new natural façade that will extend the life of the building, a newly configured main entrance offering better disability access, and a newly formed extension offering students, staff and visitors excellent study, teaching and educational facilities with stunning views across the Edinburgh skyline.

CCG Specialist Building Services Manager, Paul Muldoon, said:

“Appleton Tower is one of the most challenging projects CCG SBS has ever undertaken. The level of works required to modernise the building were hugely extensive but due to the excellent management on site, we have performed them to the very highest quality standard and anticipate building awards for the project.

“We are extremely proud to have delivered what is now the first of two phases of work at Appleton Tower. The second phase, due for final completion winter 2017, has involved the extensive reconfiguration and refurbishment of teaching facilities over six floors which will improve the learning environment for both faculty and students.”

Check out the full Appleton Tower case study HERE

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