Craighouse is a historic estate located on Easter Craiglockhart Hill in south Edinburgh. Old Craig is the earliest building on the site, dating from the 16th century. In the late 19th century Old Craig and the surrounding grounds were purchased by the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and developed as a psychiatric Hospital. The hospital closed in the 1990s and the site was purchased by Edinburgh Napier University to form the Craighouse Campus.
Before Napier University sold the campus for residential development in 2011 a Conservation Plan was commissioned from Simpson & Brown to consider the way that the existing buildings could be repaired and re-used and to show how some areas of the site could be developed without damaging the significance of the site. The principles of the Conservation Plan were agreed with Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland.
As part of a wider masterplan for the site Simpson & Brown have been involved in the design and development of a number of new homes on a sensitive site adjacent to Old Craig. The design of new houses was based on an understanding of the history of the pattern of development of this 17th century mansion. The layout of the buildings in the proposals starts with the layout of enclosures around Old Craig as it would have done originally. This concept of structures within enclosed walled gardens was developed, leading to an elegant and understated scheme which respects the historic site.
|Client name:||The Craighouse Partnership|
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