Engraving from Old & New Edinburgh - published 1890

Royal Infirmary


Edinburgh Royal Infirmary  -  3rd Site  -  Lauriston Place

Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

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Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Edinburgh Royal Infirmary


Lauriston Place Building

David Bryce was invited to design this hospital in 1872.  His design was built and opened in 1879.  It occupied this site close to the centre of Edinburgh, between George Heriot's School and The Meadows, until very recently. 

This birds-eye view of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from the north-east (above) clearly shows the lay-out of the site.  In the background, the open area of land is The Meadows.

The Meadows

     Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  The Meadows

The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at Lauriston Place is now (2002) about to close and be replaced by a new hospital being built at Little France in the SE suburbs of Edinburgh.

The Lauriston Place site is to be redeveloped as housing, offices and hotel. The area has been named 'Quartermile' because it lies a quarter of a mile to the south of Edinburgh Castle.


Little France

The 'New Edinburgh Royal Infirmary'

The New Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Little France, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary moved to a new  purpose-built hospital at Little France, beside the A7, Edinburgh to Dalkeith road, about 4 miles  SE of the centre of Edinburgh in 2002.


Redevelopment of the Lauriston Place Building

Quartermile Development

Developers, Southside Capital, have proposed a major redevelopment of this site, demolishing several of the buildings and constructing a large complex of shops, housing and offices.

This development is known as 'Quartermile' because it is a quarter of a mile away from Edinburgh Castle.

The developers' initial plans met with objections, so have been cut back.

Plans for a 400m development, with buildings up to ten storeys high were submitted to the Council in April 03.  These plans have also been criticised by heritage bodies who are unhappy with the mass and height of some of he buildings.

Edinburgh City Council  considered this Planning Application on 10 April 03 and rejected it.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  4 April 03, page 9 AND 10 April 03, page 9]


Please see these pages for an update on the Quartermile plans for redeveloping the former site of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in Lauriston Place



Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Brief History