University of Edinburgh: Medical School extension

Scope and Content

University of Edinburgh Medical School extension consists of:  

  • architectural model and photographs of the model, (c1976 )
  • development reports, (c1976 )
  • plans, (1960-1965 )
  • construction photographs, (1968-1970 )

Administrative / Biographical History

The Walter Ramsay Architects won the prize competition for the University of Edinburgh Medical Extension for the entire north side of George Square in  1951 . Work on the first phase, for pathology, commenced in  1956 , to a design amended by Sir Basil Urwin Spence. The second phase, pharmacology, was built during  1968-1970 . There was considerable delay before work commenced on the third phase in  1976 . This was to house biochemistry and the medical library, with John Hardie Glover designing the library within Ramsay's building. The third phase, was completed in  1978 , and named, the Hugh Robson Building after the former University Vice-chancellor who died in  1977 , and Erskine Medical Library. Plans for further phases were shelved and the former George Watson's Ladies' College, which occupied the remainder of north George Square, was instead converted for the use of the Department of Psychology by Spence, Glover & Ferguson (1977-1978 ).

Access Information

This material is unrestricted.


List of sources for the administrative history:

Fenton, Clive, Appleton's architects : building the University of Edinburgh (1949-65), Thesis (PhD) (Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh , 2002 )

Geographical Names