The former language school building will be transformed into three floors of event space, for hosting everything from birthday parties and weddings to medical conferences.
Scott Mitchell, Commercial Director, said:
The building will actually be accessed from our famous pillared entrance opposite the Festival Theatre, through our private gardens into a lobby area with cloakroom.
Inside we’ll have three floors of purpose-built space to suit everything from exhibitions and ceilidhs to small scale boardroom meetings or a theatre-style auditorium for up to 160 people.
It will be a hugely versatile space and will sit perfectly between our other venues - the historic grandeur of the Playfair Hall and the glass and chrome modernism of our Quincentenary Conference Hall.
The Royal College is one of the oldest medical incorporations in the world, with a history stretching back more than 500 years. It is also home to the famous Surgeons’ Hall Museum, which house collections of international importance. The Museum is currently being renovated with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will re-open in the autumn and will be available for private tours for events held in the College.
The new event space is due to open in April 2015 and will be known as The Prince Philip Building.
Find out more on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's website.