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Graham wins £14.5m Edinburgh Uni Pleasance revamp

Graham Construction has won a £14.5m contract to redevelop Deaconess House on Edinburgh’s historic Pleasance.

315 new student apartments are to be built on the site of the former hospital, being handed over to Edinburgh University once construction is completed.

Three new blocks between four and five storeys will be created to the rear, situated around a central courtyard.

Construction is expected to take 65 weeks, being completed in summer 2014.

The plan is being masterminded by Mace Real Estate, with architects Kalyvides Partnership.

The House dates back to 1894 when it opened as a hospital, with a number of ancillary buildings including nurses’ accommodation added to the structure at later dates.

It was closed as a hospital in 1990 and used as office accommodation.

The original Deaconess House is being retained and refurbished, with demolition work having already taken place to clear the site of redundant outbuildings.

The courtyard will include an amphitheatre and hard and soft landscaped areas.

Contracts manager at Graham Construction Paul McBurney said: “Graham has significant experience of student accommodation projects for colleges and universities around the UK, including at Stirling, Newcastle and for the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley.

 “While Deaconess House isn’t listed, we are treating it as a listed building and will be taking every care to ensure this property is returned to its former glory.

“This will be an interesting construction challenge as we seek to integrate the old with the new and create something which will compliment the surrounding buildings in this historic quarter of Edinburgh.”

A part green roof will also be created, and Graham will use a combination of materials, including natural stone and powder-coated aluminium panels.

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