The Bennetts Associates-designed scheme is due to be completed in 2021

Balfour Beatty has been appointed to a £70m contract to transform the Old Royal Infirmary hospital building for Edinburgh university.

The Bennetts Associates-designed scheme will see the contractor restore and connect six wards in the Grade-A listed building to create a major educational hub that will be called the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

On completion, the development, which has been part-funded by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, will provide 21,000m2 of teaching and learning facilities, function areas, and work spaces for staff, students and the public.

The main package of works is set to start onsite in spring 2019 with an overall completion expected ahead of the start of the academic year in 2021.

At construction peak, the project will employ a workforce of 170.

Balfour Beatty has said it will use BIM and both augmented and virtual reality technologies throughout the project.