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Giant props support excavations in front of Edinburgh's Royal Scottish Academy, which is undergoing a £26M refurbishment and extension programme.

Heery International is construction manager for the work which involves the excavation of 18,000M 3of material between the RSA and neighbouring National Gallery of Scotland to create an underground link.

Construction of the link has also involved extensive underpinning of the entrances and porticos of both buildings.

In addition the southern entrance of the RSA is being reconstructed to accommodate a new staircase to take visitors down to the underground link.

Bovis Lend Lease is project manager for the scheme, Antony Hunt & Associates is structural engineer, and the architect is John Miller & Partners.

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