Deal allows next phase to proceed
University buys former Royal Infirmary block
Edinburgh university has bought a block of the former Royal Infirmary which is now part of the Quartermile development.
The building will be turned into a hub for business and public policy to address societal and environmental challenges. No price was disclosed.
It will also allow Quartermile Developments to go ahead with building the next phase of flats and a retail and public space on Middle Meadow Walk.
Paul Curran, managing director of Quartermile Developments, 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.”
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal at the University of Edinburgh, 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.”
When finished, Quartermile will comprise 1,050 apartments of which over 650 are already occupied and another 150 are under construction.
There will also be 370,000 sq ft of 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.