Developer agrees deal to buy children’s hospital in capital
A DEAL has been made for the sale of the current Royal Hospital For Sick Children in Edinburgh to a property developer.
Liverpool-based Downing Group will buy the buildings from NHS Lothian when the hospital relocates.
A new purpose-built hospital, costing £150 million, is to replace the old hospital next year.
Jim Crombie, deputy chief executive of NHS Lothian said: “It has been a competitive process but the prospective purchaser showed keen interest in the important legacy for the site through its proposed mixed use development, which will also provide significant capital support to the new hospital.
“Downing is still formulating its detailed plans and we anticipate further community engagement will take place as the developer prepares planning applications.”
The Royal Hospital For Sick Children, opened in 1895, spans more than four acres in the Marchmont, Meadows and Bruntsfield conservation area and includes a range of listed properties.
Designed by George Washington Browne, the building was opened in 1895 by Princess Beatrice.