Caruso St. John Architects Hospitalfield

Photography: Pauline Sauter
Date: June 9, 2022

Hospitalfield House is a Category-A listed building in Arbroath. The house is a complex amalgam of medieval buildings and mid-nineteenth century Scottish Baronial construction with early Arts & Crafts interiors. Since 1900 it has been a place for artists and for arts education and has been run continuously as a charitable trust. The fabric of the building has been deteriorating and in 2015 Caruso St John drew up an ambitious master plan for the renovation of the historic buildings and for new architectural additions to enable the organisation to progress and realise its vision as a cultural resource for the twenty-first century.

The project is divided into three phases. Phase one, completed in 2021, focused on expanding the public life and profile of Hospitalfield with the restoration of the Fernery, the construction of the Greenhouse Cafe, the new redesign of the Walled Garden and a new car park.

Phase 2 consists of the construction of the accommodation building, the new studio, refurbishment of the existing studios including the Bothy, refurbishment of the cottage, and renovation of the back sheds.

Phase 3 involves the conservation of the existing house, works to the Mortuary Chapel in Arbroath Cemetery, and the construction of a new visitor and collection centre.




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