Basic Site Details

Name: Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus
Town, district or village: Riccarton
City or county: Midlothian
Grid ref:
Notes: 10m scheme on 240 acre site. Project to extend over 7-10 years depending on the phasing of government spending for the scheme. Phase I incorporates the 'core' site over 70-acres, including playing fields. Construction planned along industrialised lines using precast concree units for flatted construction. Plans include a central library, 4 restaurants and accommodation for 1,200 students.

A E Weddle designed the landscape.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1University  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 3January 1967  Lord Balerno, chairman of the university trust, announced that Government approval had been given to the university to accept a 248 acre site at Riccarton Estate as a gift from Midlothian CC for the development. Applications for the post of development officer were invited.
Item 2 of 319681970ProposedDevelopment plan being drawn up.
Item 3 of 324 January 1969 Proposed 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 9(Professor) George Alexander Macnab (misspelt McNab)ArchitectA1968After 1970 
Item 2 of 9Alan ReiachArchitectA1968After 1970 
Item 3 of 9Alan Reiach Eric Hall & PartnersArchitectural practiceA1968After 1970 
Item 4 of 9Eric Walker HallArchitectA1968After 1970 
Item 5 of 9James Stuart RentonArchitectA1968After 1970Partner in charge - specifically in charge of lecture theatres and restaurants etc
Item 6 of 9John ('Jack') Reid Oberlander A1968After 1970 
Item 7 of 9John Despenser Spencely A19681970Worked on the development plan
Item 8 of 9Leslie Douglas MitchellArchitectA1968After 1970 
Item 9 of 9William Alistair MillerArchitectA1968After 1970 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Brewing and Biological Sciences Department 
Item 2 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Department of Building 
Item 3 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Department of Civil Engineering 
Item 4 of 10Heriot-Watt University, library 
Item 5 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Maths, Physics and Chemistry departments 
Item 6 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Petroleum Engineering DepartmentPartly funded by the Department for Energy, Conoco and the UGC.
Item 7 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Leonard Horner Hall 
Item 8 of 10Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Students' Union 
Item 9 of 10Heriot-Watt University, sports centre 
Item 10 of 10The Enterprise Oil BuildingThe Petroleum Engineering Department's third building to be completed. The building provides 1000 sq m of teaching space at a cost of 1 Million. The building is equiped with specalist cooling plant to serve the central computing core.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p590
Item 2 of 3McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p405
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building6 January 1967  p72
Item 2 of 2Building24 January 1969  p4/63

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Carried out by Neil Baxter 2010Interview of John Spencely