Donaldson’s College


Client: City & Country & CALA Homes
Architect: Richard Murphy Architects

Donaldson’s School for the Deaf is one of the most famous and distinctive buildings in Edinburgh and was designed by Edinburgh’s foremost architect William Playfair in the 1840s. This significant project includes the restoration and conversion of the historic Playfair building and Gate Lodges into a collection of high quality apartments and the creation of new build housing to the north of the site.

The site was undertaken in partnership by two developers, each of whom appointed Astute Fire for their respective sections. City & Country were responsible for the restoration and conversion of the Grade A listed William Playfair building into a range of residential apartments whilst CALA Homes developed new apartments on the north side of the site.

Astute provided the fire engineering input for warrant applications including various alternatives to guidance to allow single means of escape, extended travel distances amongst others in order to maximise the use of the historic building.

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