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Page\Park lands Dundee high school arts job

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Page\Park has won an RIAS-run contest to create a new arts complex for the High School of Dundee

The Glasgow-based studio defeated Richard Murphy Architects, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Nicoll Russell Studios and LDN Architects to land the Ward Road scheme.

The project will create a new Centre for the Performing and Creative Arts inside a former post office next to the prestigious school’s main building.

The complex will include an auditorium, dining hall, social areas and teaching spaces for music, dance, drama and the visual arts.

A Page\Park spokesperson said: We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to transform the Arts provision for the High School of Dundee.

‘The acquisition by the school of the former post office building adjacent to the main school complex has initiated a remarkable vision for an arts complex second to none in an academic context in the United Kingdom.’

The spokesperson continued: ‘The school is embarking on a project of a scale matched in ambition only by the lottery funded public sector in facilities such as Eden Court Theatre complex in Inverness [refurbished by Page/ Park in 2007] with its mix of theatres, meeting space, studios, cinemas, and social spaces.’

John Halliday, rector of the High School of Dundee, said: ‘Music, art and design and drama are at the very heart of the school. We aspire to the highest standards and we now want to develop our facilities to ensure they are second-to-none in Scottish schools, whilst also providing a wonderful enhancement to the city centre and Meadowside area.

‘This is a once in a generation opportunity to create something which I hope the whole city will be proud of.’

RIAS president Iain Connolly advised the judging panel on the selection of a design team.

Plans are expected to be finalised with the school in the coming months ahead of a planning application.

The former post office has already been stripped out and the new development will be delivered in stages over several years.

Advisor’s statement

RIAS President Iain Connolly said: I was delighted to act as an advisor for this competition. The shortlist was impressive and the teams didn’t disappoint with their presentations. It was interesting to see the different approaches taken and given that all of the teams could and would have been able to deliver it was ultimately the presentations that convinced the judges who to select as their winner.

‘There was a number of outstanding presentations but ultimately it was the team lead by Page \ Park who impressed the client the most. They were dynamic and passionate, worked through their presentation as a team, in a coherent and structured way and convinced the client that they could deliver what was required. This project will be complex, given its funding and timing constraints, but I’m convinced the client, Dundee High School will be happy with their choice.’




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