Historic Edinburgh hospital nursed back to health
June 22 2018
Edinburgh’s former Royal Hospital for Sick Children is to be repurposed through renovation of the historic main building and demolition of later additions to create eight houses, 118 flats and 323 student beds following its relocation to Little France.
Fletcher Joseph Architect are working with applicant Downing to revitalise four acres of city centre land off Sciennes Road, retaining the B-listed main building, an A-listed mortuary chapel and row of C-listed terraces in the process.
The main building itself will be converted to 38 apartments with the removal of later glazed extensions to both wings in order to instate a modern equivalent of the original balconies. In doing so it will be reinstated as a standalone building with an improved setting.
New build elements will be finished in buff stone and metal cassette rainscreen cladding, with a recessed slate mansard roof providing a ‘cohesive architectural language’ for the site.
In a statement the architects observed: “The approach to the external façade materials on the new build elements is commensurate with the simple contemporary building form which combines to create a cohesive and sustainable design that avoids the trappings of a more conventional ‘pastiche’ design solution.”
A single terraced property will be demolished to create a ‘robust corner on Sylvan Place and Rillbank Crescent and improve upon the ‘abrupt termination’ of the current block.
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