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Makeover mooted for listed Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Words: Roger Milne
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary / iStock: 177497208

The University of Edinburgh has filed a change of use and restoration application to transform the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary into a major educational hub.

The proposals involve extending the A-listed building to provide teaching and learning spaces, a major new public event space, library, café and bar.

The scheme is designed to offer 21,300 square metres of floor space, 6,000 square metres of which will be new-build.

Architects Bennetts Associates intend to optimise conservation of key features of the 19th century building including the retention and restoration of the stone walls, slate roofs and entrance hall.

New four-storey ‘infill buildings’ would be constructed in the two courtyards between the east and west hospital wards and will provide space for lecture halls and teaching spaces.

Developers will also remove the existing gatehouse directly in front of the main entrance on Lauriston Place to make way for a new entrance square.

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