De­vel­oper agrees deal to buy chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in cap­i­tal

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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.

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