Donaldson’s College, Edinburgh

Client: CALA Homes East/City and Country Edinburgh

Architects: Richard Murphy Architects Ltd

Lead Consultant: Nicola Symington

Awards: Apartment Development of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards 2020

One of the most distinctive buildings in Edinburgh and designed by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s, Donaldson’s was originally an orphan hospital before becoming a specialist school for deaf children.

Built in the style of a Jacobethan Palace, and set within 18 acres, the 124,840 sq ft development boasts an attractive internal courtyard and central tower with domed octagonal turrets.

RMP provided the full acoustic design and testing services for both the residential redevelopment of the prestigious Playfair building and the new Cala apartments in the grounds.

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