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Oban seeks architect for £5m arts centre

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The Oban Communities Trust is seeking an architect-led team for a £5 million cultural hub inside the coastal town’s former Rockfield Primary School

The phased ‘Rockfield Centre’ project will deliver a new performance space, gallery, canteen, artists’ studios, toilets and business units inside the Grade B-listed 1877 landmark.

Designed by Glasgow architect Alexander McQueen, the French Style building – which has been vacant since the school relocated in 2007 – was given to the trust last year after being threatened with demolition.

According to the brief: ‘The vision of the community is to establish the Rockfield Centre as a creative cultural hub which will operate as a social enterprise celebrating arts, culture, history, heritage, enterprise and community well-being.’

The winning team will review the project’s business plan and develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 2.

A conservation approach for the main listed building, options study, development masterplan, and phased programme will all be required.

The project manager is Oban Communities Trust board member and retired architect Andrew Pinkerton who was formerly a director at Keppie Design in Glasgow. 

Participating teams must include a RIAS accredited conservation architect.

The deadline for tenders is 4.30pm on 27 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Andrew Pinkerton
Oban Communities Trust
Linndhu House
19 Stevenson Street
PA34 5DQ

Tel: +44 1631562317
Email: andrew@obancommunitiestrust.org.uk




Rockfield Primary School ground floor plan



Rockfield Primary School first floor plan


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