Sick Kids Hospital Site Enters Public Consultation Period

Photo Above: Sick Kids Hospital © Kim Traynor on Wikipedia

Plans for the redevelopment of the Sick Kids Hospital site are being exhibited for public feedback.

The exhibitions are being held in St. Catherine’s Argyle Church by Holder Planning, who are acting as planning consultants on the project.

One such expedition took place at St. Catherine’s Argyle Church on Tuesday, with two further dates scheduled early next year.

The 4-acre site in Marchmont was sold to a Liverpool based property developer in September. The Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust submitted a community right to buy proposal which was unsuccessful.

The Downing Groups, who purchased the site, submitted a preliminary plan known as a Proposal of Application Notice to the City of Edinburgh Council at the end of October, which were approved for public consultation.

The Downing Group’s proposal outlined the site for mixed redevelopment, which will include residential property, student accommodation and affordable housing. This is outlined in the Proposal of Application submitted to the Council as:

“Mixed use development comprising residential (houses and flats), purpose-built student accommodation, commercial use (Classes 1, 2 and 3), community use (Class 10 and 11) cycle and parking provision and ancillary works. Development will involve demolition of some existing buildings, new build development and alteration/conversion of existing buildings.”

According to the exhibition: “The Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust has suggested the development of some co-operative housing and, along with the Community Council, the provision of a “community space. We have indicated willingness to consider all suggestions in the context of national and local planning policies, and have invited the MSDT to provide us with further information.”

The Downing Group are also consulting with the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council and other local interest groups to form a Community Focus Group. This Focus Group will provide an opportunity to receive feedback on the proposals and listen to the views of local residents.

The Community Council are hoping to be involved in the decision-making process and released this statement:

“There will be three exhibitions in the St. Catherine’s Argyle Church, allowing us to be involved in the development of the design for the site. The first exhibition will just show the approximate planned positions of the buildings, and the last a complete architect’s display.

“We (The Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council) will receive copies of your feedback from these exhibitions, make a summary of the responses and publish it. There will then be a focus group that will include Downing group and community representatives, that will ensure that all our views are considered properly in the design process.”

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children is set to relocate to a purpose-built facility at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in Little France. The move was set to take place in Autumn 2017, but has been pushed back to Spring 2018, in part due to harsh winter weather hampering building.