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Murphy scores hat-trick in Scots art and education

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Richard Murphy Architects has scooped a trio of projects in Scotland.

The practice is to design around 30 post-graduate study rooms for the faculty of divinity at St Andrews University on an orchard next to the original Univeristy Botanical Gardens behind seventeenth-century St Mary's College Buildings. The £600,000 cost will be financed via a fundraising drive among the international alumni of the college.

The second project is to design an arts centre and theatre to be housed in a disused nineteenthcentury church in Peebles. The £1.5 million 200seat theatre and rehearsal rooms won backing for a feasibility study from the Arts Council lottery fund.

And the practice has also won a job to plan a learning centre for East Dunbartonshire Council.

The scheme, 'a new type of building' to make learning possible for adults and those who have missed out on conventional education, will be sited next to the high street and canal in the centre of Kirkintilloch.

David Taylor Spence Harris Hogan Associates has just won planning permission for a luxury makeover of a 1960s Hampstead home in North London. The new-look house will have a basement pool, double-height dining room and rooftop 'thinkpod' - a glass study-cum-contemplation room. The £350,000 four-storey project should start on site at Christmas.

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