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Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

New Scottish Hospital, Little France, Craigmillar, Scotland design by Keppie Architects, Glasgow

post updated 5 November 2023

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
ERI photo from keppie architects

Address: 51 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH16 4SA

Phone: 0131 536 1000

New Royal Infirmary, Petit France, south-east Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dates built: 1996-2002

Architect: Keppie Design (Glasgow)

New Royal Infirmary Edinburgh Building Information + Images

This Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital / teaching complex at Little France below Craigmillar Castle comprises 120,000 square metres of floor area, accommodating 869 beds and 24 operating theatres with support facilities. Begun in 1996, the £150m project was completed in 2002.

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, Petit France
photo © Adrian Welch

The architects for this major new Scottish healthcare building were Keppie Design, a large architecture practice based in Glasgow, Strathclyde.

The New Royal Infirmary hospital approximate construction cost was £184m.

Plans for a £400m redevelopment – Quartermile – of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site, at Lauriston Place, with buildings up to ten storeys high were submitted by the developers Southside Capital to the City of Edinburgh Council in April 2003. Edinburgh City Council Planning considered Southside Capital’s Royal Infirmary Redevelopment Application on 10 April 2003 and rejected it.

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh Keppie Edinburgh Keppie Architects Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
New Royal Infirmary building photos © Adrian Welch

The New Edinburgh Royal Infirmary building opened in January 2002. Located south of Edinburgh, at Little France off the Old Dalkeith Road (A7) the site will also house the new University of Edinburgh Medical School.

The New Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was designed in line with the City of Edinburgh Council’s Green Transport Policy. New bus routes linking Little France with Edinburgh’s centre were created plus Park and Ride facilities.

Phase 1 was the creation of The Medical School and NHS Trust. Phase 2, Apr-Jun 2003, involved the relocation of all staff and equipment from the Old Royal Infirmary at Lauriston Place and existing Edinburgh University assets to the main hospital building and the Chancellor’s Building.

The Chancellor’s Building includes teaching facilities – two auditoria and seven seminar rooms – student microlabs and video conference capabilities. There are five dry labs, a library and a Clinical Teaching Resource Centre.

Keppie Design’s £200m masterplan for the Biomedical Research Centre Edinburgh at Little France:

Scottish Architects, Edinburgh
Biomedical Building photo from keppie architects

Website for the ERI: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/rie

Scottish Parliament

New Town Harvey Nichols

Scottish buildings by Keppie:

– Ocean Terminal – Executive Architects alongside CD Partnership form London (later titled Conran and Partners).

– New Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

– BBC Glasgow – Executive Architects, alongside David Chipperfield Architects from London.

Scottish Capital Hospital Building Designs

Contemporary Scottish Capital Hospital Property Designs – recent major healthcare architectural selection below:

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
three-quarters of the public support controversial plans for a £400m transformation of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site:
Edinburgh Property
Scottish capital healthcare building photo from keppie architects

10 April 2003

Dumfries & Galloway Infirmary

Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital

Keppie Design have completed a major property project in Glasgow: Broomielaw Building

Quartermile Edinburgh

Scottish Capital Buildings

Scottish Capital Properties – recent key architectural selection below from this website:

BMA Scotland HQ
Design: John Robertson Architects (JRA)
Angela St Clair-Ford - British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh
image courtesy of architects
British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh

West Town Edinburgh 20-minute neighbourhood
West Town Edinburgh 20-minute neighbourhood
image courtesy of West Town Edinburgh Ltd
West Town Edinburgh 20-minute neighbourhood

Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
Virgin Hotels Edinburgh Victoria Street

St James Quarter’s W Edinburgh
W Edinburgh Hotel at St James Quarter

What Percentage Can You Borrow on Equity Release

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