Founded in 1729, the building was home to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh until its sale in 2002, and was the oldest voluntary hospital in Scotland. It was recognised as a teaching hospital; primarily used by the University of Edinburgh Medical School for clinical medicine training.
The hospital building will be renovated and transformed by the University into a new interdisciplinary hub, with the purpose of uniting both business and public policy to address what it refers to as ‘societal and environmental challenges’.
Quartermile Developments Managing Director, Paul Curran, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Quartermile and the City of Edinburgh. The Surgical Hospital is a fundamental part of our development masterplan of 29 buildings. It is a magnificent building which has always been used for teaching, so it is apt that its primary use will be for learning.
“The new University development will integrate Quartermile with one of the world’s most highly regarded academic institutions, making our location a place where business, academia, retail and lifestyle converge.”
Commenting on the acquisition, University of Edinburgh Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, said: “We are very excited about the acquisition of the old Surgical Hospital and its potential. It will enable us to expand our outstanding teaching facilities and help us consolidate our position as a world-class university that is accessible to the wider community.”
Once concluded, Quartermile will provide Edinburgh with 1,050 apartments, 370,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, 65,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and seven acres of open landscaping. The development is expected to be completed in 2018.