Development Opportunity: Royal Hospital for Sick Children

The main hospital building, which fronts onto Sciennes Road, comprises an imposing red sandstone building arranged over basement, ground and four upper floors.

FOR SALE: Excellent Redevelopment Opportunity (134,216 sqft)  - The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 9 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1LF

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children site extends to approximately 1.62 hectares (4.01 acres).

The RHSC site extends to approximately 1.62 hectares (4.01 acres). The site is irregular in shape and slopes gently downwards from Sciennes Road to The Meadows in a northwards direction. The cul-de-sac street known as Rillbank Terrace sits within the site and forms one of the principal vehicle access points.

Further access points to the site can be found on Sylvan Place and Sciennes Road. The north east section of the site, which comprises a terrace of villas is accessed from Millerfield Place.


The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) is located in the Sciennes/Marchmont area of Edinburgh, approximately 1 mile south of Princes Streetand on the edge of the city centre. The University of Edinburgh’s central campus is 500m north of the site.

The immediate surrounding area benefits from a mix of attractive green space including the popular Meadows, there are a variety of local amenities including specialist shops, cafes, bars and restaurants around Argyle Place and Roseneath Terrace. The site sits within the Marchmont, Meadows & Bruntsfield Conservation Area.


Under the terms of the adopted local plan and emerging local development plan, planning applications will be required to pay particular regard to policy relating to the conformity and compatibility with the character of the surrounding area. Development proposals should not impact detrimentally on existing amenity. There is a presumption in favour of the preservation or enhancement of the special character or appearance of the conservation area. Development is expected to demonstrate high standards of design appropriate to the historic environment.


For more information on this excellent city centre redevelopment opportunity, view the dedicated development website, the development schedule (PDF) or contact:

David Fraser, Ryden

T: +44 (0) 131 473 3273


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