Edinburgh landmark revealed in online tour

Edinburgh landmark revealed in online tour
Edinburgh landmark revealed in online tour
Architect’s visualisation of EFI is used courtesy of Bennetts Associates

One of the capital’s most loved buildings is revealed in a digital tour of EFI’s intended home.

The Old Royal Infirmary, currently undergoing renovations as it prepares to house the University’s Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI), will feature in a new online tour that uncovers its past and offers a glimpse of its future.

The Lauriston Place site housed Edinburgh’s main hospital from 1879, before the new Royal Infirmary opened at Little France in 2003.

Once the £120m refurbishment is complete, the building will be home to EFI, offering a new approach to research, education and engagement. EFI will house expertise in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, science and arts, alongside sector-leading work in data science.

As well as a new public piazza, the space will include teaching facilities, collaboration spaces for working with industry partners, incubation areas for start-up businesses, labs for innovation and prototyping, and exhibition and performance spaces.

Professor Lesley McAra, Director of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, said: “As an iconic building with a unique past, the renovation and renewal of the former Royal Infirmary is being carried out with care and sensitivity.

“We hope to create a special relationship between the environment that is being created in the building and the ambition of the Edinburgh Futures Institute – open, inclusive and transformational. Alongside some wonderful images of the past, this online tour provides a delightful glimpse of what the future holds.”

The online tour of the EFI can be accessed here: https://efi.ed.ac.uk/online-tour