Basic Site Details

Name: Craigleith House
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: The new pavilions at the Victoria Hospital for Consumptives, Craigleath, Edinburgh, which have been added at a cost of nearly 7,000, were opened on the 15th inst. The extensions, from the designs of Messrs Sydney Mitchell and Wilson, consist of two pavilions of two wards with six beds in each and one pavilion of two wards with four beds in each, and will increase by 20 beds the accommodation of the hospital. [British Architect 31 July 1903 p9]

Craigleith House was demolished in the 1960s to make way for new hospital. Gateway of 1906 remain and is B listed. Admimnistration block delisted 2012.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal Victoria Hospital After conversion in 1894

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Hospital  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal Victoria Hospital, Craigleith RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 111894  Converted Craigleith House to hospital for consumptives
Item 2 of 111906  Major alterations and additions including gateway, east lodge and administration block
Item 3 of 11Before 1924  Alterations
Item 4 of 111960 Addition 
Item 5 of 1119641965Plans datedRedevelopment Phase 2
Item 6 of 111966 Build/constructionRedevelopment - phases 1& 2
Item 7 of 1128 October 1966 Contract offeredContract offered to Alexander Hall & Sons Ltd., for construction of phase I of redevelopment, 430,000
Item 8 of 111970  Redevelopment work in hand
Item 9 of 1119741975Alteration/conversionRedevelopment - Phase 3 (plans dated 1974 and 1975)
Item 10 of 111981 Alterations and additionsFurther alterations
Item 11 of 112012  Admin block de-listed.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 22Stewart Henbest CapperArchitectE1894 Converted Craigleith House to hospital for consumptives
Item 2 of 22Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectE1903 New Pavilions (20 beds)
Item 3 of 22George WilsonArchitectE1903 New Pavilions (20 beds)
Item 4 of 22Sydney Mitchell & WilsonArchitectural practiceE1903 New Pavilions (20 beds)
Item 5 of 22Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectB1906 Major alterations and additions including gateway, east lodge and administration block
Item 6 of 22George WilsonArchitectB1906 Major alterations and additions including gateway, east lodge and administration block
Item 7 of 22Sydney Mitchell & WilsonArchitectural practiceB1906 Major alterations and additions including gateway, east lodge and administration block
Item 8 of 22Auldjo Jamieson & ArnottArchitectural practiceCBefore 1924 Alterations
Item 9 of 22Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo JamiesonArchitectCBefore 1924 Alterations
Item 10 of 22James Alexander ArnottArchitectCBefore 1924 Alterations
Item 11 of 22James Shepherd MorrisArchitectA1960 Alterations and additions
Item 12 of 22Morris & SteedmanArchitectural practiceA1960 Alterations and additions
Item 13 of 22Robert Russell SteedmanArchitectA1960 Alterations and additions
Item 14 of 22James Stuart RentonArchitectA1966After 1974Redevelopment
Item 15 of 22(Professor) George Alexander Macnab (misspelt McNab)ArchitectD1966After 1974Redevelopment
Item 16 of 22Alan ReiachArchitectD1966After 1974Redevelopment
Item 17 of 22Alan Reiach Eric Hall & PartnersArchitectural practiceD1966After 1974Redevelopment
Item 18 of 22Eric Walker HallArchitectD1966After 1974Redevelopment
Item 19 of 22Alexander Hall & Son (Builder) LtdBuilder 28 October 1966 Construction of phase I of redevelopment. Journal entry lists Alexander Hall & Sons Ltd
Item 20 of 22David Cochrane F1981 Further development
Item 21 of 22John Despenser Spencely F1981 Further development
Item 22 of 22Reiach & Hall F1981 Further development


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1SERHBClient for Reiach & Hall work

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Royal Victoria Hospital, Nurses' Home 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp531
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p585
Item 3 of 6Kelynack, T N (Ed)1914Tuberculosis Year Book and Sanatoria Annual, 1913-14   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 6 of 6Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Royal Victoria Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect31 July 1903  p9

Item 2 of 4Building28 October 1966  p171
Item 3 of 4Building News7 December 1894  p802
Item 4 of 4Building News19 October 1906   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27752Listing for gateway
Item 2 of 5Lothian Health Board/Edinburgh Univ, Spec Collns Lothian Health Board Archives Annual Reports
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSAlan Reiach Collection AR 20/1-9; AR 21/1-7
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSBuildings of Scotland Research Notes (for published volumes)  
Item 5 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW 1900/18/1-18