George Square redevelopment

Scope and Content

George Square redevelopment consists of:  

  • general correspondence, (1969-1973 )
  • Civic Trust Award, (1969 )
  • reports, (1960-1973 )
  • general photographs, (1965-1967 )
  • plans: faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, (1964-1966 )
  • plans: landscape and streetscape, (1964-1965 )
  • plans: faculty of science, (1963 )
  • plans and drawings: Edinburgh University Main Library and Liverpool University Library, (1960-1967 )
  • plans: George Square redevelopment - north side, (1964 )
  • plans: alteration plans for existing houses, (1968 )

Administrative / Biographical History

The University of Edinburgh's post-World War II development was centered on George Square, originally a Georgian residential square with a large central garden. Development had already commenced on the Medical School Extension (1956 ) and the Faculty of Arts phase one, according to the Sir Basil Urwin Spence layout of  1955 , when Percy Johnson-Marshall was appointed Planning Consultant. Johnson-Marshall was not the architect of any of the George Square buildings but took responsibility for the overall layout, designation of sites, harmonisation of finishes, landscaping and external works. The second phase of the Arts Faculty Buildings (1967 ), the Main Library (1967 ), two further phases of the Medical School extension (1970  and  1978 ) and the first phase of the First-Year Science buildings (1966 ) were completed during Johnson-Marshall's tenure.

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List of sources for the administrative history:

Fenton, Clive, Appleton's architects : building the University of Edinburgh (1949-65), Thesis (PhD) (Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh , 2002 )

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