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East Neighbourhood Centre and Craigmillar Library

Flagship community hub cements Craigmillar’s future

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Project Overview

Client Hub South East Scotland (City of Edinburgh Council)
Project Value £7.9m
Expertise Building
Sector Community
Timeline August 2011 - October 2012
Location Scotland
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Project summary

Part of Edinburgh Council’s ‘Fit for Future’ strategy, the East Neighbourhood Centre and Craigmillar Library (ENLOC) development is a £7.9 million state-of-the-art community hub, which includes a modern library, a ground floor engagement space and two floors of DDA compliant open-plan office accommodation. Delivered in a fast-track construction period of 59 weeks, the 4510m2, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated building, which features low-carbon technologies, co-locates four local government departments and accommodates over 350 staff.

The detail

A key feature of Craigmillar Town Centre’s Masterplan, the new ENLOC development, which received a ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, consists of a concrete frame building with precast Techcrete concrete panels and a rubber membrane covered roof.

Replacing unfit council premises with vibrant community engagement spaces, open plan office accommodation, and a library, the 4510m2 development was commended for the speed of our construction.

Highlighting how our people make us unique, during the in-situ concrete frameworks our colleagues worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week in order to maintain the tight programme. Collaborating closely with the Council, our Design Managers reduced costs by circa £328k, through innovative proposals, such as a suspended slab solution, without compromising on design quality.

A close relationship with the Librarian was also established and resulted in the incorporation of modern technologies and powered seating.

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