Hospitalfield Arts

Arbroath, United Kingdom 2013 – present

Client: The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust Category A Listed

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.

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Models 1

Café and Fernery

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Accommodation building


Drawings 1

Site plan

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Café and fernery plan

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Café and fernery sections

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Studios sections

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Studios ground floor plan

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Studios south elevation

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Accommodation building plan

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Accommodation building south elevation

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Accommodation building cross section

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Caruso St John have four drawings in this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, curated by the artist Alison Wilding under the theme 'Climate'. The exhibition opens on the 21st June.

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6th May 2022

Director Rod Heyes and Project Architect Paula Schilliger present the practice’s masterplan for Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, Scotland, as part of the Architecture Foundation's series of talks exploring the typology of the artist's studio.

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Peter St John was interviewed by Veronica Simpson about the practice's renovation work at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. They discussed the recently completed Café and Fernery, alongside the future plans for the arts centre.

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Arbroath, United Kingdom

27 May 2021

Caruso St John have completed renovation work on the fernery and glasshouse at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, which opens to the public today. This is the first phase in the wider redevelopment of the Category A listed arts centre.

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Hospitalfield Arts

Arbroath, United Kingdom

Caruso St John have been appointed architects for the development of Hospitalfield Arts in Arbroath, Scotland.

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Arbroath, United Kingdom

2013 - present

The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust

Hospitalfield House, Category A Listed
Hospitalfield House Fernery, Category B Listed


Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John, Rod Heyes

Project architects
Sam Casswell (2013–2015), Amy Perkins (2015–2016), Paula Schilliger (2018–2023), Simon Hoebel (2023–present)

Project team
Maija Viksne, Pauline Sauter, Elena Balzarini, Darya Keivani, Jo Sharples, Ben Speltz, Rachel Caul

Landscape architects
Nigel Dunnett
Edward Payne

Conservation architects
Simpson & Brown

Structural engineer
David Narro Associates

Service engineer
Max Fordham

Cost consultants
Morham & Brotchie, McLeod & Aitken

Project manager
McLeod & Aitken

CDM advisor
Alliance CDM

Fire engineer
Jensen Hughes

Main contractor
Chap Construction (Phase 1), Linear Design and Construct (Phase 2)

Ioana Marinescu