Special needs centre Camphill seeks architect to upgrade campuses

Camphill School Aberdeen

Camphill School Aberdeen

A globally respected special needs institution in Scotland has launched a call for architects to design a £10m upgrade of two of its three campuses.

Camphill School Aberdeen was founded in 1940 by a group of Austrian refugees inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. An independent charity, it offers education care and therapy for children and young people with additional support needs, either as day pupils or on a residential basis.

However, despite offering what it describes as “world class” facilities, the school says the existing buildings on its Murtle Estate and Camphill Estate no longer meet its specific requirements and need to be upgraded over the next decade through a financial commitment that is already in place.

It has appointed the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s RIAS Consultancy to manage a two-stage selection process for the design team.

RIAS Consultancy said the first stage would see architects invited to submit a 500-word statement “demonstrating their experience, interest in the project and reasons why they should be considered” by the end of this month.

It added that five bidders would be shortlisted by a judging panel for the competition’s second stage, in which they would be asked to assemble a multi-disciplinary team and submit sketch proposals.

Full application documents and details are available from consultancy@rias.org.uk.