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Quatermile Phase 1, Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Saturday 09 Jan 2010
 
From hospital to home... 
 
Nigel Young / Foster + Partners 
 
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Foster + Partners transform Edinburgh landmark 

The Quartermile development is one of the largest and most comprehensive regeneration schemes in Scotland. Formerly the home of the historic Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the 8-hectare site is located within a conservation area on Edinburgh’s Victorian fringes and includes nine listed buildings. It falls within the central area of Edinburgh designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.

The starting point for the Quartermile scheme was to open the site up with a network of pedestrian routes and landscaped public spaces that draw the park directly into its heart, creating a strong sense of place and reinforcing pedestrian connections to the centre. Phase One (completed in May 2008), in the south-east corner of the Quartermile masterplan, comprises three new residential buildings linked by an underground car park: Q4, Q12 and Q14. Here, new construction is combined with the selective refurbishment of historic buildings, with the new residential schemes woven carefully into the grain of the old. Massing and facades have been carefully developed to respect and follow the scale, tone and material qualities of the neighbouring historic structures.

Full height windows are incorporated to maximise daylight and provide dramatic views of Edinburgh, while the solid facades respond to functional requirements, providing both protection from fire spread and privacy between adjacent buildings. Tri-tone anodised aluminium rainscreen facades reference the finely feathered texture of the neighbouring sandstone structures. Q4 is located on the eastern edge of the site addressing Middle Meadow Walk. It comprises six storeys of residential accommodation above one storey of retail at ground level. Infill towers Q12 and Q14 at the south east edge of the site between the Medical Buildings face the Meadows. These contain twelve and eleven storeys of residential accommodation respectively, including garden apartments at ground level and roof top penthouses with private terraces.

The apartments’ layouts are elegant and functional and allow for different configurations and flexible occupation, enhancing the appeal of their unique location. The interiors were conceived as calm, uncluttered and simple spaces with a sense of refinement created by high quality materials and well designed fittings. Rather than bespoke apartments, a high standard was achieved economically by standardising a select palette of durable, high quality materials and products. Emphasis was placed on the spatial flow between interior and exterior, with full-width picture windows and generous open plan layouts.

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