Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

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Designed by Keppie Design

The new teaching hospital complex of Little France, lying below Craigmillar Castle, comprises 120,000 square metres of floor area, accommodating 869 beds and 24 operating theatres with support facilities.

The primary architectural objectives of the scheme are to group the ‘aggregations’, or specialities, within a flexible framework which allows the borders between these linear aggregations to move over long and short timescales. The building’s accommodation is arranged around an open central courtyard which acts primarily as a compositional device allowing the planning of a curving internal circulation route.

There are three distinct categories of patient activity, in-patients, day cases and outpatient functions will be reflected in the arrangement and locations of clinics, wards, theatres and offices within the hospital building.

The following pictures are from a display board that was exhibited as part of Architects for Health’s contribution to HOSPEX 2002 in Japan

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