Situated within the grounds of the Category A listed St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh’s West End Conservation Area, the new West End Medical Practice project comprises the relocation of the existing West End Medical Practice, accommodation for the cathedral stone masons, and a new extension resolving the connection between the historic Song School and the Walpole Hall.
Conceived as a ‘garden pavilion’ the building form to Manor Place echoes Lansdowne Crescent to the south of the cathedral, with a scalloped edge sweeping around the retained existing trees. Within these undulations is the waiting area with calming views out for patients to the garden and tree canopies.
To the west a stepped profile is adopted as an echo to the alignment of the existing Cathedral Close grouping of buildings, housing the treatment rooms and support accommodation, including the stonemasons yard. This alignment opens up and frames the view of the St. Mary’s tower as well as stepping in plan and volume towards the Chapter House.
This form, the use of stone and zinc, combined with surrounding landscaping and single storey sedum roof, embed the project within the cathedral grounds – a play on the theme of physical and spiritual health.