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Edinburgh University Student Union to Be Transformed

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Edinburgh University's iconic student union building, Teviot Row House, is to undergo a massive overhaul as part of a multi-million-pound extension.

The 125-year old landmark will be expanded into a new 'Student Centre' bringing together services offered by the university and its students' association.

The new building will be built between George Square and Bristo Square and will include space for student development, wellbeing services, foodhalls and venues for club nights.

Commenting on the proposed expansion, University principal Sir Timothy O'Shea said: "This inviting, inspiring space will underpin our vision to deliver an outstanding student experience. It will create a home from home where students feel welcomed and inspired to achieve their full potential."

Costing a total of £75 million, the project will be built in phases, with the first commencing next year.

Phase one will include an overhaul of Teviot Row House, which is expected to be completed in 2024.

Feedback on the proposals has been mixed, with concerns raised over the design and appearance of the new building, which sits alongside the historic facade of Teviot.

In response to the negative feedback, Gavin Douglas, deputy secretary of the university, said: "We've been working on the project with the students' association for around 18 months. We're still very much at the public consultation stage and are very much open to hearing what people are saying about the plans we've released."