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Edinburgh’s Deaconess House development tops out

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September 26 2013

Edinburgh’s Deaconess House development tops out
Work to transform an historic former hospital, Edinburgh’s Deaconess House, into student accommodation has achieved a significant milestone with main contractor Graham Construction holding a topping out ceremony.

The £14.5m scheme on the Pleasance is being developed by Mace Real Estate to designs by the Kalyvides Partnership and will ultimately incorporate over 315 student bedrooms.

This will see Deaconess House remodelled and restored alongside the construction of three new blocks to the rear, each arranged around a central courtyard which will incorporate an amphitheatre.

Contracts manager at GRAHAM Construction Paul McBurney said: “As a historic site, Deaconess House has presented a number of challenges relating to the preservation of the existing layout and retention of its historic features.

“The renovation has allowed us to integrate the old with the new to design a site which is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings in this historic quarter of Edinburgh.”

Completion is penciled in for May 2014.

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