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Bute Building, Queens Terrace

University of St Andrews

External Building Fabric and Roofing Repairs.

Following a competitive tender bid, we were delighted to be appointed to carry out External Building Fabric and Roofing Repairs at Bute Building Queens Terrace, St Andrews on behalf of the University of St Andrews.

The works included:

  • Stripping the existing 4 flat roofs in sections;
  • Installation of new VCL, insulation and mineral surface finished roofing felt system all to Bauder specifications;
  • Lap up behind adjacent slates and to existing roof coverings and all related upstands;
  • Strip existing roof covering to the central plant housing and remove all materials arising from site, including removal of asbestos discovered in the existing roof;
  • Install new VCL and mineral fibre cap sheet to central plant housing;
  • Strip existing valley gutter linings from 2 valleys and remove all materials arising from site;
  • Install new Weatherfast Weatherfold valley gutter linings and lap up behind adjacent filon rooflights, cladding and slated pitched roof;
  • Remove 3 existing skylights to link corridor and remove all materials arising from site;
  • Replace existing timber framed windows where necessary to elevations adjacent to main pedestrian thoroughfare;
  • Repair and paint timber framed windows to elevations adjacent to main pedestrian thoroughfare and car park;
  • Prepare and paint all cast iron rainwater goods;
  • Re-point and de-scale the external stone walls to isolated areas;
  • Cut out and replace sand mastic to window perimeters;
  • Prepare and paint all exterior joinery including doors and windows; and miscellaneous works.


We supplied and fitted new sash and case windows to match existing, these windows were measured and ordered to tie in with the programme.

This contract was carried out whilst the building was occupied and in an extremely busy thoroughfare used by young students and the general public. Working in a live environment meant we had to ensure there was minimal disruption to the campus. More critically, we had to ensure the safety of our employees, students and members of the public. Our client was delighted with our project management and the finished product.

External Building Fabric and Roofing Repairs.

Client Lead Consultant Sector
University of St Andrews Avison Young Education
Duration Principal Contractor Value
18 Weeks Cosmos Projects £627k

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Cosmos Projects Ltd recognises that quality, health, safety and environmental matters are key to maintaining customer satisfaction and we recognise our role in ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for both our customers and our employees.

Avison Young have worked closely with Cosmos Projects on various types of contracts for over seven years now.

Both our clients and our in-house Avison Young Building Consultancy team are happy with the Cosmos Projects team’s project management skills and with their general approach and quality achieved on each project.

Recent projects carried out on our behalf for the University of St Andrews have involved multi-disciplinary trades on challenging sites which regularly remain occupied during the works. These works are always carried out to a high standard, on time and with minimal disruption to our clients and to the building occupiers.

We remain very happy to consider Cosmos Projects for future work. What is very helpful to Avison Young is the excellent estimating and also the post contract QS input from Cosmos which makes cost management very simple to manage for us in any contract administration roles.

Murray Watson — Director, Avison Young

Planet Decorators recently completed taping and decoration works at our second floor office refurbishment project in Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. Our client was absolutely delighted with the quality of the finished job. We look forward to working with John and his team again on future projects.

Marcus Roy - Project Manager, Woodhouse Contracts Ltd

We are delighted with our experience of working with Cosmos Projects over the duration of recent projects. We have found Cosmos Project’s team to be refreshingly co-operative and attentive and have a solution-based approach on their outlook to projects. Having worked previously with the management staff, this, we feel assisted with a team approach. Under the direction of Chris McNeill, Cosmos Projects bring a level of client side understanding that, we feel, sets them apart from others, and makes them a contractor of choice when considering tender lists. We would have no hesitation in recommending Cosmos Projects.

Craig Murdoch — Director of Surveying, Ramsay McMichael Consulting Ltd

I worked with Cosmos on the internal and external refurbishment of a Grade ‘B’ listed townhouse in Glasgow city centre. The work included extensive internal improvements to services and finishes to provide speculative office space for let. We collaborated with Cosmos following a competitive tender process and value engineered the project scope and specification in line with our client’s budget requirements.

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