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Alan Dunlop to extend autism school in Glasgow

Glasgow-based Alan Dunlop to build 1,000m² of additional residential space, respite accommodation and classrooms for children’s charity

Alan Dunlop has been appointed to build three new buildings for East Park, a Glasgow-based charity for children with learning difficulties.

The architect has drawn up plans for 1,000m² of extra residential space, respite accommodation and classrooms at the organisation’s existing campus in Maryhill, which has been the charity’s home since 1874.

Due to start on site in June 2014, the latest additions to the much-developed plot follow on from the remodelling overseen by Macpherson and Bell in 2008.

Dunlop is working with Felicity Steers of landscape architects ERZ on the scheme, which includes a new ‘town square’ and secure pedestrian entrance in Maryhill Road.

Describing the scheme, Dunlop said: ‘[The uncluttered plan and section] will encourage free movement and create a sense of independence, while ensuring a safe learning and living space.

‘The location of new classrooms to the north of the existing garden has opened up the possibility of a south-facing, secure and pleasurable environment for pupils and teachers, with easy access to green space.’

Dunlop’s other education projects include Hazelwood School, to the south of the city. The school for deaf and blind children won a slew of awards and was shortlisted for the Doolan Award in 2007.

A planning application will be submitted in February next year.

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