The relocation of Queen Margaret University represents one of the most ambitious property strategies in higher education. The university has moved from three sites scattered across Edinburgh to a completely new campus, designed around new agendas and technologies, on 35 acres of low grade farmland at Craighill, East Lothian.
Stellae modelled the future space requirements of the University, resulting in a reduction in the total net internal area of around 30% when compared with the existing estate. Stellae led a detailed space modelling exercise to generate the profile of future space needs based on projected increases in space utilisation. Timetabling is key to success of the new development and Stellae has provided advice on new timetabling strategies which has proved invaluable. Average space utilisation level of the university has more than doubled.
Steve Scott, Director of Estates
Queen Margaret University, May 2008
The University of Strathclyde is committed to an agenda for excellence in education, research and knowledge transfer as outlined in its Strategic Plan including “developing a sustainable strategy for maintaining and developing the teaching infrastructure in line with internal needs and changes in the external context.” Stellae’s work was key to progressing the latter through their practical advice from other similar projects and their modelling of the existing and future teaching estate with recommendations to progress the change. This work contributed significantly to the University of Strathclyde plan’s to develop a higher quality, more effective and efficient teaching estate.
Eleanor Magennis, Assistant Director
Space Management and Planning, May 2008