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June 22 2018

Historic Edinburgh hospital nursed back to health
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.
A mix of new build and refurbishment is planned for the extensive site
A mix of new build and refurbishment is planned for the extensive site
New additions will be arranged perpendicular to The Meadows
New additions will be arranged perpendicular to The Meadows

New build elements will be faced with buff stone
New build elements will be faced with buff stone
Optimised Environments are overseeing landscape design work at the former hospital
Optimised Environments are overseeing landscape design work at the former hospital

2 Comments

basho
#1 Posted by basho on 25 Jun 2018 at 12:23 PM
The overall planning and landscaping looks good - but the new elevations are depressingly bad. There's no image above - but the elevations that face Rillbank Crescent are grim. Hopefully the Planning Department will boot this into touch.
StyleCouncil
#2 Posted by StyleCouncil on 26 Jun 2018 at 12:01 PM
Yep, the layout strategy works...albeit there aren't too many other options other than to form a link through the site between old and new on to Sciennes.
Rillbank is seriously overdeveloped with the usual architectural cut n' paste approach taken by all of Edinburgh's commercial firms who do residential.

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