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Austin-Smith:Lord complete surgical intervention at Edinburgh’s Nicolson Square

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June 23 2017

Austin-Smith:Lord complete surgical intervention at Edinburgh’s Nicolson Square
Austin-Smith:Lord have unwrapped a refurbishment of a B-listed former National Bank of Scotland building at Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, on behalf of The Royal College of Surgeons.

Originally designed by Thomas P Marwick at the turn of the last century the banks ground and basement floors are currently occupied by RBS, with upper floors refurbished to form modern office space.

Catherine Cosgrove, Associate in the Austin-Smith:Lord Glasgow studio, said: “Overall, 21 Hill Place was in good condition, with many original features such as ornate fireplace surrounds and panelled doors surviving internally.

“We retained these features within the room reconfigurations and carefully routed new services into the building to provide modern office interior finishes fit for its new purpose. The external red sandstone masonry was carefully inspected and selective indenting undertaken together with decorative finials refixed using stainless steel dowels and lime mortar bedding”.

A new lift was also slotted into the building between supporting steel beams, minimising the loss of historic fabric as far as possible.

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