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Competition: Camphill School, Aberdeen

Camphill School, Aberdeen
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The RIAS has launched a contest for a major £10 million revamp of two Camphill School campuses in Aberdeen

The competition seeks conceptual proposals for a 10-year overhaul of the pioneering, Rudolf Steiner-inspired day and residential school for children and young adults with special support needs.

The project will transform the school’s Murtle Estate and Camphill Estate campuses, both located on the suburban western fringes of Aberdeen. Planned improvements – ranging in value from £50,000 to £2.5 million – include refurbishments and the reconstruction of three residential blocks.

According to the brief: ‘Camphill School Aberdeen (CSA) is committed to securing the long-term viability of the charity by ensuring that there is the necessary capital investment in the current infrastructure required to meet its strategic objectives. Urgent capital investment is required to ensure that CSA can both maintain and increase capacity while continuing to deliver excellent and cost-effective services.

‘CSA seeks to improve and modernise its facilities to enable growth, particularly in young-adult day services. The proposals aim to create more revenue-efficient, environmentally sustainable buildings while retaining a strong emphasis on the family type environment to support the values of CSA.’

The school was founded in 1939 by a group of educators including Austrian paediatrician Karl König, to provide educational and employment support to children and young people with learning difficulties.

The school moved to the Camphill Estate in 1940 and now operates out of three separate campuses in the local area. The facility inspired the ‘Camphill Movement’ which has seen more than 100 similar centres set up around the world.

Planned improvements include the refurbishment of Murtle Hall and Camphill House, improvements to the Murtle campus swimming pool, and the reconstruction of the Mignon, St Tiernan’s and St Andrews residential houses.

Other upgrades include the delivery of a new workshop for young adults, a bed-sit accommodation block for volunteers and apprentices, and a new residential house on the Camphill Estate.

Interested teams should submit a 500-word statement detailing relevant experience and explaining their interest in the project. Five shortlisted teams will then be invited to form multidisciplinary teams and submit sketch proposals.

The overall winner will receive a £2,500 prize and the design commission. The other finalists will each take home £1,500.

The deadline for applications is 30 July.

How to apply

Contact RIAS Consultancy to request further information

Contact details

RIAS Consultancy
15 Rutland Square

Tel: 0131 229 7545
Email: consultancy@rias.org.uk 

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