Royal Scottish Academy
The Playfair Project was instigated to rejuvenate Edinburgh’s exhibition and gallery space by creating a single, integrated complex linking the Royal Academy and National Gallery buildings.
We were appointed to undertake mechanical, electrical and public health services designs for both phases of this project.
During phase one the Academy building was completely renovated to meet international standards. Our designs equipped the venue with air-conditioning, temperature and humidity controls, air filtration systems and scene-setting lighting. A new gallery was added at the lower level bringing the total exhibition space to 16,145 ft².
The second phase of the scheme created a link between the Academy and the National Gallery, and a new main entrance. This link houses new visitor facilities including a restaurant, café and shop. A new education centre was created comprising a 200-seat lecture theatre, seminar rooms and an IT suite.
Our responsibilities also comprised lift consultancy advice. This ranged from a glass scenic lift for visitors to a 10-tonne art-handling lift to facilitate the movement of exhibits between the galleries and the underground storage space.
CLIENT: Royal Scottish Academy