Napier University


Project Small
CLIENT: Napier University, Edinburgh
SIZE: 6 Buildings; 24,000 m2
VALUE: £50 Million
SERVICE: Full Architectural Services
RIBA stage C-L
STATUS: Complete


Edinburgh, UK
Napier University

Lindsay Johnston was Project Architect for this Higher Education Project while employed by RMJM.

While working for RMJM, Lindsay was a Project Architect responsible for the delivery of the new award-winning £50 million campus for Napier University in the Sighthill area of Edinburgh. Home to the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences, this 24,000m2 of learning spaces includes five new buildings and also the refurbishment and re-cladding of an eight-storey existing block. Awarded a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, low carbon emissions and effective overall energy performance were a key part of the design.


The campus provides modern, purpose-built, sustainable buildings with premier learning and teaching facilities, including:

  • 22 seminar rooms, 25 specialised teaching rooms, nine clinical skills laboratories such as life-like Hospital Wards including High Dependency Unit (HDU) simulator suites which mimic intensive-care treatment areas for training nurses, state-of-the-art crime scene and forensics rooms, six project rooms and five research rooms.
  • [EN]GAGE sports centre which, in addition to a 200m² gym and 1,200m² sports hall, includes a biomechanics laboratory and an environmental chamber which can recreate high-altitude conditions and different temperatures.
  • Five-storey Learning Resource Centre (library and IT facilities) with floor to ceiling windows on the top floor which enjoy a spectacular 180° view taking in Blackford Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat.
  • Three modern lecture theatres, the largest of which holds 350 people.
  • An open-plan, four-storey atrium with a healthy eating café and Starbucks franchise