Basic Site Details

Name: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Notes: Built after demolition of original infirmary (by John Smith); now used as administration block for the new infirmary built in the 1930s at Foresterhill (see separate entry).

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 1WoolmanhillYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 718321840 New building
Item 2 of 71844  Additions
Item 3 of 71852 Journal referenceAdditions
Item 4 of 71859 Journal referenceAdditions
Item 5 of 71871 Journal referenceFever wards
Item 6 of 71887  New ward block
Item 7 of 718931894AdditionAddition of single storey kitchen block between wings on north side


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 21Archibald Simpson A18321840New building
Item 2 of 21Archibald Simpson B1844 Additions
Item 3 of 21William Ramage C1852 Additions
Item 4 of 21William Ramage D1859 Additions
Item 5 of 21J & W Smith E1871 Fever wards
Item 6 of 21William Smith II E1871 Fever wards
Item 7 of 21H Saxon Snell & Son F18871897New ward block - acted as consultant
Item 8 of 21Henry Saxon Snell F18871897New ward block - acted as consultant
Item 9 of 21W & J Smith and Kelly F18871897New ward block - carried out work.
Item 10 of 21William Kelly F18871897New ward block - carried out work
Item 11 of 21William Smith II F18871891New ward block - carried out work
Item 12 of 21Edward Charles Henry Maidman Fc. 18901893 or 1894New ward block - as assistant to H Saxon Snell & Son
Item 13 of 21George Thow Smith F18911897New ward block - as apprentice to W & J Smith & Kelly
Item 14 of 21Walter Henry Bulloch F18911897New ward block - as apprentice to W & J Smith & Kelly
Item 15 of 21William Kelly J18931894Addition of single storey kitchen block between wings on north side
Item 16 of 21James Brown Nicol GAfter 1902 Extension
Item 17 of 21Kelly & Nicol GAfter 1902 Extension
Item 18 of 21William Kelly GAfter 1902 Extension
Item 19 of 21James Brown Nicol ABefore 1938 Alterations and additions
Item 20 of 21John A I Bremner HBefore 1938 Alterations and additions? As assistant with Kelly & Nicol
Item 21 of 21Kelly & Nicol HBefore 1938 Alterations and addtions?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5British Medical Association1914Aberdeen 1914: Handbook and Guide Aberdeen 
Item 2 of 5Fraser, G M1918Archibald Simpson Architect and his times Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 5 April to 11 October 1918xv, xxiii
Item 3 of 5Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 
Item 4 of 5Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp219
Item 5 of 5Simpson, W Douglas A tribute offered by the University of Aberdeen to the memory of William Kelly LLD ARSA  p7

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Journal7 April 1852  Contracts advertised
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen Journal15 June 1859  Contracts advertised
Item 3 of 4Aberdeen Journal19 April 1871   
Item 4 of 4Builder11 June 1887LII p867

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes Plans by H Saxon Snell & Son
Item 2 of 5Courtesy of Mr Duncan BremnerInformation given to Yvonne Hillyard September 2011
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19995 
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJohn Smith Papers (List of Plans and accounts) Smith accounts: previous building
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Walter Henry Bulloch: L v6 no338 (microfilm reel 31); James Brown Nicol: F no 2514 (box 7): Edward Charles Henry Maidman: L v19 no1445; George Thow Smith: L v14 no923