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Appleton Tower is located between Potterrow, Crichton Street and Windmill Street forming a landmark building in the University of Edinburgh Central Area Campus. Constructed in the 1960’s as a key part of the George Square Masterplan, the building provides teaching facilities for students studying in the field of science and technology.

Upon assessment in 2008, it was deemed that the building’s façade was deemed unsuitable and as such, the University commissioned CCG Specialist Building Services to perform extensive upgrade works covering the replacement of the failing façade in order to extend the life and visual performance of the building, including improving comfort, and improve environmental performance. Further, the University deemed access arrangements to the building as unsuitable and so, CCG SBS also performed reconfiguration works to produce a new main entrance in order to improve access arrangements for those with decreased mobility. and to compensate for the stunning views of the city, the construction of a new rooftop enclosure.

As part of the upgrade works, CCG Flooring undertook an eight-week intensive programme that involved the installation of new flooring to various areas around the building. The first major element of works was due to the new cladding arrangement. In extending the floor space, CCG Flooring had to match and patch existing carpet tiles and install new tiles where required.


  • Forbo Safety Vinyl
  • CFS Carpet Tiles
  • Milliken Carpet Tiles

The second element of works was the installation of vinyl flooring to the Main stairwell and 2 corresponding stairwells located to the rear of the building. Additional works included stair treads risers, made to measure nosings and entrance matting supplied by EMCO.


  • Forbo Safety Vinyl
  • Gradus Nosings
  • Emco Entrance Matting

University of Edinburgh

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RICS 2018 ‘Design Through Innovation’

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