Basic Site Details

Name: Western General Hospital, Radiotherapeutic Institute
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: awarded the RIBA Architecture Bronze Medal and Diploma as a building of outstanding merit erected in Scotland, 1950-1956

on L-shaped site to the east of the existing hospital - linked to the existing hospital
'accomodates 110 beds for cancer patients, a range of X-ray diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, a follow-up out-patient departmen, operating theatre suite for radium application, a group of research laboratories and dining areas for staff and patients.'
'The northmost wing of the building contains the department of bio-chemistry research, the radium operating theatre suite, and radio-active working areas where special precautions were taken.'
'materials used in construction...Gables were faced with Blaxter stone and the panel infill between windows was Broughton Moor Green Slate. In selected areas there is mahogany vertical boarding [and] a plum-coloured brick'
'no finance was available for sculpture, although this was included in the original conception'
per Builder pp99-101

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 17 March 1952 * Scheme acceptedWarrant granted at Edinburgh Dean of Guild Court for erection of 240,000 (estimated ) institute - plans by unnamed 'chief architect' of 6 Cambridge Street (this is John Holt)

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 3William Ritchie Wellwood    Architect in Charge per Builder p99
Item 2 of 3John Holt  1952 As Chief Architect of the South East Regional Hospital Board
Item 3 of 3South East Regional Hospital Board, Architect's Department (or South Eastern Hospital Board) A1952 With John Holt as Chief Architect


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Secretary of State for Scotland1952 scheme


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp531
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp28

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architectural DesignJune 1952  p171 with photo of model
Item 2 of 3Builder7 March 1952  p352
Item 3 of 3Builder18 July 1958  'Radiotherapeutic Institute, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh' pp99-101; includes interior and exterior photos, oblique photo of site model and ground floor plans; firms retained for design/costing/build-out and a list of sub-contractors and suppliers