We love recycling old buildings and this was a really fun and exciting project.  This building was gifted to Alyth, Meigle and District Nursing Association in 1921, and was subsequently a nursing home, a maternity hospital and a home for disabled children.  The building’s institutional past meant that the floor plan was very disjointed with a long wide corridor and lots of small rooms.  The interior was dark, tired and a bit depressing.  The back of the building had lots of small extensions which were unattractive and more importantly, not keeping the weather out.

Building Workshop’s brief was to transform the Old Maternity Hospital into a wonderful family home with with open plan living and lots of natural daylight, and to incorporate a holiday let into the building.  Our design is very sensitive, respecting the existing building, while transforming the interior to work for a modern family.  We removed all of the extensions and tidied up the back with a smart lean-to to connect the house and former operating theatre with lots of windows to let in the north light.  We took down internal walls and made lots of new openings to improve the building’s flow and to connect the inside and outside.  Perhaps the most exciting part of this project is the custom made stainless steel slide which has a double helix and goes (quite quickly) from the children’s bedroom down to the kitchen table!

We created a super-cool holiday let in the old maternity theatre which has a wonderful dome ceiling and a really quirky design.  We made full use of the space by introducing 3 inter-connected levels.

This project was completed in Spring 2014.


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