Sunnyside Hospital: Carnegie Lodge, Hillside

General Details and Location

Name of Building
Sunnyside Hospital: Carnegie Lodge
Other Name(s)
Montrose Lunatic Asylum
Planning Authority
Divisional Area
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Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
NO 70973 61784
Location Type
Rural Settlement
HS Reference No


2-storey and attic, 13-bay, largely symmetrical, Jacobean, gabled, former hospital building on raised site within the Sunnyside hospital complex. Snecked rubble with ashlar margins. Base course, some overhanging eaves; finials to gableheads. Advanced and recessed bays. Bi- and tripartite window openings to S elevation with chamfered stone mullions and transoms. Flat-roofed roof dormers.

Carnegie House was originally built to house private patients and it looks out over formal gardens. The house was designed to resemble a country house, both externally and internally as this was considered to be of benefit to the patient's well-being. The patients were free to move around the grounds, as they wished and tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a bowling green and a curling pond were provided for recreational use. The ceiling in the dining room and one of the fire surrounds were painted by the eminent Scottish artist, Douglas Strachan (1875-1950). (Historic Environment Scotland List Entry)
Building Dates
William Kelly of W. & J. Smith and Kelly (Aberdeen)

Category of Risk and Development History

Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Field Visits
30/06/2009, 22/10/2012, 7/6/2016
Development History
January 2008: The site is nominated for inclusion on the Register by a member of the public.
June 2009: External inspection finds the hospital site is scheduled for closure in 2010. Most of the buildings have been closed and boarded up, the main building and the nurses home remain at use at time of survey.
August 2010: The Press and Journal reports copper piping has been reported as stolen from the vacant building. The article goes on to note the site at Sunnyside remains partly occupied by the NHS, but is intended for full closure next year.
September 2010: Local planners confirm theft of copper piping from the attic space and top floor of the building. No water damage has occured as the system was previously drained. Some lead has also been stolen from roofs. Angus Council will be working with NHS Trust to secure the long term future of the Sunnyside site in advance of the full closure of all wards.
23 October 2012: External inspection finds no significant change from the previous site visit.
30 April 2013: The Courier reports on local concern at the ongoing vacancy at Sunnyside Hospital. The article notes previous metal thefts from the site including lead theft last week. NHS Tayside is noted as working with the Scottish Futures Trust, which has appointed a master planner to prepare Sunnyside for sale.
30 September 2013: Local planners advise they continue to work with NHS Tayside to establish a new use for the site. Although the site has been fully vacated by the NHS it is under active monitoring. The condition of the Carnegie building remains poor, but isn't deteriorating at this time. Risk level moved to Moderate.
9 September 2015: A member of the public notes the former hospital site is now being marketed for sale. Ballantynes is marketing the circa 26 hectare site for sale, offers invited. The sales particulars note NHS Tayside commissioned Jones Lang LaSalle to prepare a Development Framework for the Sunnyside site.
7 June 2016: External inspection finds the building remains in much the same condition as seen previously.
10 August 2016: The former hospital site is noted as being Under Offer.
21 July 2017: Listed Building Consent for the conversion to residential use of a number of the listed buildings within the former hospital site. The Main Building, Infirmary, Carnegie Building and a number of sports pavilions are proposed for retention and conversion, the remainder are proposed for demolition ref: 17/00331/LBC.

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03452 777 778


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