Project Overview

project name: University of Strathclyde – Refurbishment of Royal College
quantity surveyor:
client: University of Strathclyde
services consultant: DMP Consulting Engineers
value: £6m
structural engineer: The Structural Partnership
architect: Hypostyle Architects
main contractor: Taylor and Fraser

Individual projects awarded through the Universities medium sized framework contract to carry out external and internal refurbishment of the existing Grade ‘A’ Listed Royal College Building, phased to allow continuous use of the building by the University throughout the 3 year contract.

The refurbishment was phased throughout the contract period to minimise disruption to the ongoing University activities and eliminate any unnecessary Health and Safety issues when working within an occupied building located within Glasgow City Centre.

Scope of Work

Structural alterations were carried out to existing layouts to create new laboratory facilities, research facilities, lecture theatres, teaching rooms and associated facilities, including the following:

  • Conservation, Restoration, and repairs to existing stonework
  • Extensive Rot repairs
  • Renewal of slated roof coverings
  • Renewal of lead flat roofs, flashings and gutters
  • Renewal of asphalt roofs
  • Replacement downpipes and gutters
  • Installation of new high level safety barriers and walkways
  • Replacement of glazed aluminium lantern lights and rooflights
  • Installation of roof maintenance ‘fall arrest system’
  • Demolition of existing laboratories and offices on roof level
  • Refurbishment of saw-tooth roof
  • New roof top plantroom comprising concrete floor, steel frame, and wall cladding
  • Formation of new fire escape and enclosure from roof level
  • Major internal structural alterations
  • Replacement of existing roof mounted air-handling units
  • Installation of new air conditioning and ventilation system
  • Replacement of existing control systems
  • Renewal of lighting, power installations, and new IT system
  • Installation of new fume cupboards
  • Complete internal fit-out and shop fitting works including partitions, doors, glazed screens, joinery finishes, floor finishes, laboratory fitments, workstations and redecorations.