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Report - Kingseat Hospital, Aberdeenshire - 27/12/07

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Narcosynthesis, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Alir147

    Kingseat was opened in 1904 as the Aberdeen District Asylum. It was made to house mentally ill patients in a nice location just outside of Aberdeen, the hospital itself being made up of multiple largish buildings spread around over a fairly large area. It closed doors on the 28th July 1999 as part of the NHS’s move to shut down the larger residential hospitals in favour of community care and smaller specialist units.
    Since then it has gone the way of many of the larger establishments and was sold to developers who are demolishing and converting the buildings to make way for new housing.

    Sadly Kingseat is well into the process of being demolished and converted - some area's of the building work on the outskirts now completed, and work is continuing on demolishing everything they were allowed to make way for new housing, and converting the listed buildings to their new uses (executive flats anyone?). Ideally we really needed to be exploring here a good six months (or more) ago when there would have been a lot more left to explore, but we didn’t, so here we are to try and record what is still left before it is lost to its new use…

    Sadly the majority of the buildings are now completely gutted, stripped down to the bare supports and woodwork ready to be redeveloped, but there is one main residential block and the admin block still waiting to be stripped of the fittings that we got into, and what we think was the chapel (though a builder we spoke to thought it was a village hall) which we didn’t get into (and is being used as storage by the contractors)

    On with some pictures…

    First some external shots of various buildings, most of the buildings being completely gutted internally.

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    A quick look through the window of one of the buildings

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    Then we came across one more intact building, namely one of the residential buildings. The fittings and fixtures have been mostly removed, only leaving the stuff built in.

    The kitchen area downstairs

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    Moving upstairs…

    The bedrooms, these were fairly large dormitory rooms, each with 8 or so sections, each being separated by the built in units and a curtain over the open end.

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    Alir147 upstairs.

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    The bathrooms, again being a larger room split up, a few sinks set as individual units and separate toilets/baths.

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    The ages of Kingseat – the pink lower boarding and upper white wallpaper has come off at one point to show what it originally was like, an arguably much nicer natural wood boarding and patterned wallpaper

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    Some misc photos from the residential building.

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  2. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis 28DL Full Member
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    Re: Kingseat Kingseat Hospital, Aberdeenshire - 27/12/07 - Report

    A couple of photos from around the site and in one of the other buildings (which was completely stripped and being used as storage.

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    On to the admin building.

    This is a more central building, with a reception downstairs along with all the offices and other official bits that are needed to house the people keeping the place running.

    The building seen through the tree’s – note the pile of rubble in the foreground, presumably one of the lesser buildings they were allowed to demolish – and the main entrance.

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    Inside.

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    As always ;)

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    Sadly that is about all that is left onsite, and soon even that will be lost to the ever present juggernaut of change.

    Cheers for reading.
     

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