Students who attended Donaldson’s College when it served as a specialist school for deaf pupils returned to their old classrooms last month.

The visit, arranged by Forth Valley Sensory Centre and City & Country, was an opportunity for the former students to see how the building has evolved since it has been transformed into a range of new apartments.

Formerly Donaldson’s Hospital, the building’s first use was as an orphanage, before being turned into a specialist school for deaf children.

Now the old classrooms are unrecognisable, with spaces such as the former Head Master’s office transformed into a characterful new home.

Discussing the visit, Alison Gall from Forth Valley Sensory Centre said:

“Everyone was really happy they had gone along to see the changes and the fantastic development that is underway. It was particularly interesting to see the old Headmaster’s Room, the last time one of our visitors was there was because they were in trouble for misbehaving! Thank you to City & Country for allowing us to look around and let people reminisce about their school days.”

City & Country, the UK’s leading developer of heritage buildings, has been working over the past three years to restore and convert the former school and gate lodges into 112 luxurious properties.

These homes are some of the most exclusive in Edinburgh, offering spectacular views of the city’s skyline or of the new parterre gardens surrounding the building, and offer underground car parking and a concierge service.

Suzanne Aplin, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country, added:

“Restoring historic buildings is all about listening to and embracing the stories of those that used the buildings in the past. These details are what make the buildings special, so it was a pleasure to welcome the former students back to their class rooms.”

The trip was arranged for a number of our BSL speakers and regular Centre users. Forth Valley Sensory Centre provides support, advice and help to anyone with sensory loss, their friends, family and carers, of any age and across Forth Valley. Take a look at What’s On here at the Centre (and beyond) and feel free to come along and join any of our classes, you will be most welcome!

For more information on the development, see or call 0131 341 5102

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