Thursday, 7 August 2008

Old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Another exceedingly depressing day, weather wise! I took this photo a few weeks ago; these stunning buildings are part of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, built in the 1870s off Laurison Place. If you look closely though, you will see that the windows are boarded up. This is because the hospital relocated to a brand new building in Little France, just south of Edinburgh, about three years ago. The Old Infirmary buildings are now part of a much larger redevelopment of the area called Quartermile, which includes very modern office blocks and flats among the traditional buildings. Some people hate it, but I quite like it!

14 comments:

Jackie said...

I expect eventually the old hospital building will be turned into flats. There's an old hospital and nurses' home near me that's been converted, and when I was in London a number of the old psychiatric hospitals were converted to flats too.

I'm not sure, as a former nurse, if I'd want to live in an old hospital, I must admit!

Allie said...

What a fantastic building! I think it would be great to live in a flat inside of it. Of course, I live in America where everything is glass, chrome, and new....and buildings like this one are few and far between. Our country is too young for such charming and intriguing (sp?) architecture. Hope the rain lifts soon....the kids are on a train to your town today :) Happy Thursday!
~Allie

Ward and June said...

What a cool but slightly creepy looking place.

Kris said...

I reckon that it looks great. It would make an interesting hotel.

JM said...

It is a fantastic building, no doubt! But at the same time it reminds me of horror movies too... Nevertheless, i could live in it! :-)

Lady Musique said...

Absolutely love your photos! I plan on going to Scotland sometime soon. Any recommendations?

Jessica D.
P.S.Hope you don't mind, I added you to my favorite links.

Meg in Nelson said...

It'd be wonderful to have a flat or a studio in a building like this, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

I trained as a nurse at the Royal and have many happy memories of my time there. Sorry to see it looking so deserted and wish I could afford to buy one of the flats when the conversion is completed !

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