Basic Site Details

Name: Western General Hospital, Neurosurgical Department
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Department of Surgical Neurology  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219541960Build/constructionwill ultimately be connected to proposed new hospital sited to north-east
Item 2 of 227 May 1960 Completion60-bed in-patient unit, incl treatment areas and 2 neurosurgical operating theatres (3-storey theatre wing); 6-storey ward block on N-S axis - lower ground floor accomodates engineering, plant, staff rooms, remedial treatment depts, incl hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy; post-operative ward unit has 4 four-bed wards and 4 single-bed wards with toilet, duty room, kitchen, equipment and linen stores, treatment room and 2 day-rooms, with doctors' room, exam room and sister's office situated nr entrance; large x-ray suite links operating theatre and ward block at ground level; exterior treatments on main block: Westmorland green slate, plum coloured Dunbrik and Blaxter stone; east elevation - Derbyshire white quartz aggregate with black slate sills; theatre wing - mahogany cladding per Builder pp1042-1045


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 4John Holt A1954 As Chief Architect to the South East Regional Hospital Board
Item 2 of 4South East Regional Hospital Board, Architect's Department (or South Eastern Hospital Board) A1954 With John Holt as Chief Architect
Item 3 of 4Blyth & Blyth  1960(?) civil engineers
Item 4 of 4William Ritchie Wellwood  1960 'has played large part' per Builder


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 Ltdp532
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p603

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder3 June 1960  'Department of Surgical Neurology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh' pp1042-1045; includes site plan, floor plans and interior and exterior photographs