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Scottish practices dominate Camphill School shortlist

Camphill School, Aberdeen
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Glasgow-based Hoskins Architects and Collective Architecture are among six teams vying for a £10 million revamp of two Camphill School campuses in Aberdeen

Edinburgh-based jmarchitects, Glasgow’s Anderson Bell + Christie, James F Stephen Architects from Angus, and Scott Brownrigg – which has an office in the Scottish capital – complete the shortlist.

The six shortlisted teams were chosen from more than 50 entries to the RIAS-organised contest and will now be invited to form multidisciplinary teams and submit sketch proposals.

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.

Camphill executive director Alex Busch said: ‘We were extremely impressed with the interest generated in the project and with the calibre of the stage one submissions. We would like to thank all practices for their time and efforts at this stage and we are looking forward to the next stage of the selection process with the shortlisted practices.’

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.

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

The shortlist

  • jmarchitects
  • Collective Architecture
  • Scott Brownrigg
  • Hoskins Architects
  • Anderson Bell + Christie
  • James F Stephen Architects
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Readers' comments (1)

  • Steiner would have chosen a more eclectic mix of practices this list is over egged for the brief.

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