Unique construction opportunities available at Donaldson’s

City & Country is inviting Edinburgh’s construction industry to contact them about the wide ranging work opportunities at Donaldson’s. 

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The award-winning specialist heritage developer is currently transforming the Category A listed building into 112 outstanding new homes.

The major conversion is set to be the most exciting residential development coming to market in Edinburgh this year.

Over the past 12 months a range of specialist tradesmen have been working throughout the site to ensure essential repair works were completed. External building works including roof alterations and stone repairs, as well as general restoration, is also nearing completion.

The build is now moving onto the conversion and fit out works for the apartments and communal areas, and City & Country is seeking skilled local subcontractors and suppliers to work with them. Helen Moore, Managing Director, explains:

“Donaldson’s is a remarkable restoration project that offers a breadth of work that is rarely seen on new build developments. This means that our subcontractors and supply chain partners have a fantastic opportunity to add hugely impressive experience to their portfolios. As we move onto the next phase of the project we are actively recruiting and are extremely keen to hear from Edinburgh’s highly talented construction sector.”

Allstar Joinery is a subcontractor already working on site, and Managing Director Robert Hoey expects his team’s work will be of future benefit to the business. He comments:

“We’ve been working at Donaldson’s on internal partitions, floors and ceilings, doors, staircases and skirtings. As the building is Category A listed, a lot of bespoke joinery work has also been necessary.

“It’s a great project to work on because of the interesting nature of the work. The building is very grand and as a business we always try to work on projects that offer something different. It’s definitely something to boast about and it’s fantastic for our portfolio. We expect that at a later date our experience on the project will help with future work.”

Formerly Donaldson’s Hospital, the old college has a fascinating history having been constructed between 1842 and 1851 after its benefactor, James Donaldson, bequeathed all of his property to build and found a hospital for children after his death. The striking design is the master work of renowned visionary architect William Henry Playfair, whose other famous work includes the National Monument and the National Gallery of Scotland.

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