Doors Open Days 2018 - Edinburgh (Buildings A - L)

Sat. 29 - Sun. 30 Sep 2018  

© Informatics Forum, Keith Hunter



Doors Open Days 2018 celebrates architecture in all its forms - from the very ancient to ultra-modern, well-loved to little-known. Enjoy free access to buildings you wouldn’t normally get into as well as special events at public buildings.

Some this of this year's buildings are designed by RIAS Members, some of which are listed below. The RIAS are also delighted to be involved in the programme. The doors to RIAS HQ will be open to the public from 12pm - 4pm on Saturday 29th September. Pop by for a tour of the building, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BE.

7N ARCHITECTS STUDIO’s doors will be open. Information on the history of the building will be on display alongside an exhibition of 7N’s work in Edinburgh. Tour dates and booking info:

APPLETON TOWER, SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS: LDN Architects & Reiach and Hall. LDN Architects led a team of specialist consultants and contractors in redesigning the building façade to provide a new high performance envelope and rejuvenate the appearance of the building. The main open rooftop area that contained a number of redundant plant spaces was enclosed in a steel frame and glazed envelope to create a new storey of accommodation, and a new entrance pavilion with reception and courtyard was added. Reiach and Hall were responsible for repurposing the interiors of the upper levels, including the newly-created glazed 9th floor. Tour dates and booking info:

ASSEMBLY ROOMS: Designed by Architect John Henderson. In 1907 Robert Rowand Anderson designed the new side wings. LDN Architects prepared a Conservation Plan for the building. The study analysed the building’s history, condition and significance and was used to inform proposals for the redevelopment of the building, also prepared by LDN. Tour dates and booking info:

BENJAMIN TINDALL ARCHITECTS Being part of Edinburgh’s first city wall, the history of 17 & 18 Victoria Terrace is one of almost 600 years of adaptation and re-use; sustainability at its very best. In the past the building served as a leather works (1786), Institute for the Relief of Incurables (1866), Geddes sweetie factory (1905), bomb shelter (WW2), Etching factory until offices (present day). Tour dates here:

BURNS MONUMENT: Gray, Marshall & Associates. Repair and restoration of three nationally important, A-listed, monuments on Calton Hill for the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage: • Burns Monument – repairs to very detailed and finely carved stonework, restoration of historic cast iron windows and other features. • The National Monument – stone repairs, including re-positioning one of the giant stone lintols which had moved out of position over the years. • Nelson Monument – stone repairs and upgrading of the interpretation area. A major part of the work was the restoration of the 1853 time ball which involved dismantling, cleaning, repair and re-erection. Tour dates and booking info:

CHALMERS CHURCH: Designed and built around 1850 and Grade B Listed. Bob Halliday Architects carried out a conversion project, splitting the Church into residential units. Tour dates and booking info:

CHAPEL OF ST ALBERT THE GREAT: Simpson and Brown Architects 2008. The Chapel is part of St Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy, which serves the spiritual and pastoral needs of university students and staff. The chaplaincy is home to a community of students, staff and others whose lives flow together for Mass and prayer in the Chapel, but includes a wide range of activities, including weekly community meals, talks, discussions, and work with the homeless. Built in 2012, the Chapel has won several awards and is now in several guidebooks to the city. More info here:

CURRIE KIRK: Tod & Taylor Architects. Currie Kirk is built on the foundations of a building founded by David I. The brief was to economically create a new welcoming entrance and space to meet. Improved toilets and facilities were also to be provided. Working within the constraints of the available space, with grave stones, historic foundations and masonry to take account of, Tod & Taylor were able to create a glazed entrance and meeting area which has transformed the building. Tour dates and booking info:

CHRIST CHURCH MORNINGSIDE: Tod & Taylor Architects. Four phases of Grant aided repairs and the recent restoration of the pulpit. Tour dates and booking info:

DOWER HOUSE: Gray, Marshall & Associates This £250,000 project, completed in phases by 2002 for the Corstorphine Trust, was funded with support from Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The building contains a museum and local archive, meeting rooms and café and is an important resource for the historic village of Corstorphine. Tour dates and booking info:

DUNBAR TOWN HOUSE: Gray, Marshall & Associates were commissioned by East Lothian Council to undertake comprehensive fabric repairs and improvements and then commissioned for a second phase of work to upgrade the museum and local history facilities. This involved internal alterations, a staircase extension and DDA compliant access improvements to provide enhanced accommodation for the local museum and community use. A third phase of external repairs followed. Tour dates and booking info:

EDINBURGH BAHA’I CENTRE: Oliver Chapman Architects restored and refurbed the building. Oliver Chapman said, “Faith communities find homes in various building types that often initially appear to offer little architectural promise. We see faith groups meeting in industrial spaces, modern classrooms and are often fostered in the former home of a different faith. But how well does the Bahai’s form of worship fit with the arrangement of rooms defined by the social mores of Georgian Edinburgh’s New Town? Somehow, the building’s quietly spoken hierarchy of access and scales of room between basement, ground floor, first floor Drawing Room and second floor privacy, suits the Bahai’s purposes of feasting, meeting, reading, archiving, collective worship and individual prayer rather well.” Tour dates and booking info:

GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE: Gray, Marshall & Associates In June 2008, the practice completed work on the fifth phase of a £11m project involving space planning, upgrading of services, fire precautions and general fabric conservation for this nationally important 'A' listed public building. Public access to the archives was a key aim and involved barrier free design and the provision of space for research, exhibition and educational purposes. Detailed internal conservation work involved decorative plasterwork, timber panelling, stone flooring, research into historical paint schemes and the care of all aspects of the fine Georgian interiors. External work includes reslating roofs, leadwork, stonework, railings and statuary. Tour dates and booking info:

INFORMATICS FORUM: The building won the RIAS ‘Best Building in Scotland’ award and is designed by Bennetts Associates. The recently opened Bayes Centre completes the development of the city block. Tour dates and booking info:

IGMM – Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Western General, Edinburgh Oberlanders completed the IGMM, a five-storey research facility for The University of Edinburgh at the Western General Hospital Campus. The site is prominently located on the east side of the campus overlooking the grounds of Fettes College, with stunning views to the Edinburgh skyline. The new building links three existing buildings (The Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Unit, The Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine and The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre) to form a world class research institute. Tour info here:

LARGO AND NEWBORN PARISH CHURCH: Tod & Taylor Architects Recently completed Grant aided repairs to the roofs and masonry Tour dates and booking info:


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Organised by

Scottish Civic Trust
42 Miller Street
United Kingdom

Doors Open Days is a national event run by Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month, take place throughout Scotland in September and are part of European Heritage Days.

The Cockburn Association
Trunk's Close
55 High Street
United Kingdom

The Cockburn Association is a 140 year old Scottish Charity (SC011544) which works to promote the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh's landscape and historic and architectural heritage, and encourage high quality contemporary design for buildings that blend with and enhance their surroundings.