Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh: 2004 Update
Recently Benson + Forsyth Architects have been working on an addition to the south (featured in August 2004 Architecture Today). The College houses a library, the Anatomy Museum in the Playfair Hall, a Dental Museum and the Sir Jules Thorn Exhibition of the History of Surgery.
The Royal College of Surgeons is the oldest medical society in the English-speaking world, being founded in 1505. The Nicholson Street site was purchased because the Old Surgeon's Hall had become insufficient to meet the needs of the College.
Now part of the college is an adjacent building which once housed the Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory. Lister, the Father of Modern Surgery, attended the College and is remembered in the Lister Room.
Royal College of Surgeons Extension
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has had detailed plans granted for a £5m university alteration in Edinburgh. The contractor is the Peter Walker Group.