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Further & Higher Education

Lister Learning and Teaching Centre

The Lister Learning and Teaching Centre project entailed the conversion of the former brutalist concrete school of anatomy into a general learning and teaching hub consisting of 25 tutorial rooms, a 120-seat lecture theatre and 2 teaching studios. From the outset, the aim was to provide a fully flexible IT based learning environment.

The project involved the redevelopment of the existing Lister and Pfizer buildings located in a tight, historic city centre location with all the logistical challenges that entailed to create a modern, fully accessible learning and teaching facility comprising a new six-storey steel frame link building which included a new lift and fully refurbished and remodelled existing accommodation.

The University of Edinburgh’s district heating system was extended from Roxburgh Place to a new plant room in the basement. The plant room also houses new air handling plant for the lecture theatre at ground floor. The teaching studios and tutorial rooms are naturally ventilated via opening windows, which were refurbished as part of the project.

The electrical installation works involved the complete replacement of all lighting and power together with new fire alarms, CCTV, access control and intruder alarm systems. A new emergency generator is also provided for life safety systems in the building.

A main communications room has been established in the basement with fibre optic links to the university’s estate. New Cat 6a cabling with IT hub rooms on alternate floors and Wi-Fi access points throughout.


  • State-of-the-art IT and AV facilities within all teaching spaces. 

  • New exposed services installations throughout all areas.

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