The new Autism Day Care & Respite Centre will be built on Duddingston Road West and replace two existing facilities at Deanbank and Glenallan.
It will be a single storey facility with a footprint of around 270m2. It will have bedrooms, activity rooms, quiet spaces and sensory rooms, all built around a central courtyard with trees, planters and a ground-level trampoline.
Work has just commenced on the project, with the first phase seeing the demolition of the redundant Pefferbank Day Service.
Graham Construction regional director Neil McFarlane said: "There is currently nothing else like this in Scotland and we are looking forward to delivering such a unique and worthwhile facility for Edinburgh. We have already delivered the nearby East Neighbourhood Offices and Craigmillar Library and are very proud to be playing such an integral part of the ongoing regeneration of the area.”