Donaldson's College is an A-listed
building, designed by Playfair. It lies immediately to the north of
West Coates, part of the main route to Glasgow, a short distance from
It is currently a School for the
Deaf. However, the Trustees of the school announced in 2002 that in
order to solve their ongoing financial problems, they proposed to sell the
It was reported in July 2003 that the
building had, in fact, been sold for £15m to property developer Cala, and
is expected to be converted into at least a hundred luxury flats -
possibly very many more.
Other flats are also expected to be built in the grounds, but the front
lawn, and the view of the building from West Coats is to be retained.
Architectural and heritage bodies have
expressed some disappointment that the building could not be retained for
some institutional use.
The School for the Deaf is expected to
remain in the building for at least five years, then to move to a new site
at Craighall, near Musselburgh, beside the new campus for Queen Margaret
Edinburgh Evening News 8
July 2003, pp. 1,2