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Deaconess House student scheme moves on site

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February 14 2013

Deaconess House student scheme moves on site
Work to redevelop Edinburgh’s Deaconess House into 315 student bedrooms has begun with main contractor Graham Construction moving on site of the £14.5m build.

Mace Real Estate are progressing the plans after winning approval for a design developed by the Kalyvides Partnership early last year.

The former hospital building dates back to 1894 and will be retained and refurbished whilst ancillary buildings are demolished to make way for three new build housing elements.

These will be arranged around a central courtyard to the rear and will include an amphitheatre, areas of hard and soft landscaping and a part green roof.

Clad in natural stone with powder coated aluminium panels the accommodation will comprise a mixture of studio apartments and 3, 5 and 6 bedroom units, all of which will be run by Edinburgh University upon completion.

Contracts manager at Graham Construction Paul McBurney said: “While Deaconess House isn’t listed, we are treating it as a listed building and will be taking every care to ensure this property is returned to its former glory.

“This will be an interesting construction challenge as we seek to integrate the old with the new and create something which will compliment the surrounding buildings in this historic quarter of Edinburgh.”

Work is expected to conclude by the summer of 2014.
Ancillary nurses accommodation has already been cleared
Ancillary nurses accommodation has already been cleared
Deaconess House closed as a hospital in 1990 but was subsequently in use as office space
Deaconess House closed as a hospital in 1990 but was subsequently in use as office space

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