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A+DS give early verdict on RHSC plans

September 21 2011

A+DS give early verdict on RHSC plans
Indicative plans to obtain permission in principle to construct a children’s hospital adjacent to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary have been cautiously welcomed by design review body Architecture + Design Scotland.

Designed by Nightingale Associates and BMJ Architects The Royal Hospital for Sick Children will entail redevelopment of a car park around the wider Infirmary site to incorporate a neurosciences department, helipad and energy centre.

Referring to the sketch proposals A+DS noted that pressure to maintain sight lines had necessitated accommodating 2,500sq/m of space in a basement level - despite doubts that this would be viable in an area prone to flood risk.

In response A+DS said there were; “potential benefits to the local context in allowing the development to have greater visual prominence; provided of course that the scheme design is of sufficient quality to be a positive landmark in this area of the city.”

Remarking upon the mooted layout of the hospital the design quango said; “the combination of two A+E entrances and an energy centre are unlikely to provide a welcoming impression approaching the hospital campus, and the city, from the south.”

In addition A+Ds observed that: “The sketches provided of both the external spaces and the ‘o-zone’ suggest an environment (both in articulation of elevations and the use of art) that might appeal more to pre-school children than older children.”

Detailed designs will follow on from these discussions ahead of initiating the ‘design and build’ procurement process.
A pre-school aesthetic is thought to be off putting to older children
A pre-school aesthetic is thought to be off putting to older children
Detailed designs will reflect feedback received
Detailed designs will reflect feedback received


Auntie Nairn
#1 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 23 Sep 2011 at 14:24 PM
I'm just a simple country girl, but since when can a hospital not just be a hospital without having to be a 'landmark' as well?
old fashioned
#2 Posted by old fashioned on 23 Sep 2011 at 17:06 PM
#1....since the Victorian's thought it might be useful to be able to find it!

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