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Dumbreck School : Education Building
Hazelwood school for Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde design by gm+ad architects
Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop to design special school
50 Dumbreck Court, Glasgow G41 5DQ
Hazelwood School Dumbreck
gm+ad Dumbreck School – building information 7 Dec 2005
Tender Approval: Hazelwood School Gets Final Go Ahead
“Following significant consultation with parents, staff and related professional bodies, Glasgow City Council has invested in a unique school for children with additional support needs related to complex and dual sensory impairment. The new Hazelwood school will be situated in the Dumbreck area of the city within the vicinity of Bellahouston Park and will provide custom built facilities for the children and young people who currently attend Kelvin and Carnbooth schools.
The school has been designed by the award winning architects, Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop who have worked in close collaboration with the council to achieve this state of the art campus which will provide curricular and life skill facilities form early childhood to adolescence. “It has been designed so that children can be safe and secure while at the same time maximising opportunities for independence” says Alan Dunlop “there is no other school like it in Europe and we can’t wait to get started. We have been particularly enthused by the active interest of parents and pupils in the project.”
Dumbreck School Building Campus
The successful contractor is Sir Robert McAlpine. Scottish architect Alan Dunlop will present the campus design to architects, teachers, academics, voluntary organisations and other professionals at the major international conference “Making Space:Architecture and Design for Young Children” at the Lighthouse, Scotland.
The Conference will took place on 8 + 9 Dec 2005 in Glasgow and Edinburgh and was organised by Children in Scotland and the Scotttish Executive. It was chaired by Kirsty Wark and other speakers included Mark Dudek and Benedetta Tagliabue.
gm+ad architects receives planning permission for Dumbreck School. The application will now go forward to the Scottish Executive for final approval
Hazelwood School – building information Oct 22 2004 by gm+ad architects
Dumbreck School, Glasgow
“This is going to be one of the most important projects the Council will be undertaking over the next two years”
Cllr Charlie Gordon, Leader of Glasgow City Council
The school in Dumbreck is to be situated within a superb parkland setting on the south side of the city and will be to teach children from the age of 4 to 18 life learning skills. The children are blind or have acute visual problems and may also have cognitive and mobility impairment and hearing difficulty. The building works with the existing site features, so that for instance all trees are kept and accommodation is arranged around a beautiful sensory garden.
The project was won by the architects in competition and will be the first school that gm+ad have completed. Their clients, Glasgow City Council have decided to procure the building using a traditional building contract…not by ppp and the contract value is 6 million The school is to be complete by August 2006. It will be the first school building of it’s type in Europe and follows an intense briefing period, involving all the design team and visits to schools in the UK.
“The design includes proposals for new streets and squares, visual and auditory cues, naturally lit galleries arranged around existing trees, north facing class rooms, teaching and learning spaces and gardens for recreation, fun and relaxation ” says Gordon Murray. ” The building has been specifically designed so that the kids can wander in safety, increasing their sense of independence without putting them at risk. ”
The new school will bring together the existing schools of Kelvin and Carnbooth and will include residential accommodation and teaching space for life learning. “It will be an empathetic environment which will support the children and help the teachers but also a place where the kids can have fun” says Alan Dunlop “a place which offers security but also independence, and we are very much looking forward to taking the project forward ‘Our design team includes Margaret Hickish, an access specialist from Buro Happold and City Design Cooperative, designers of the Hidden Garden Glasgow‘.
Dumbreck School, Glasgow information 19 Oct 2004
Further info: Alan Dunlop, Gordon Murray and Alan
Dunlop Architects, Glasgow – 0141 331 2926
Dumbreck School images – added Jul/Aug 2004
Hazelwood School Building, Glasgow
Hazelwood School – Building information
2 Aug 2004
Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop, working in conjunction with City Design Cooperative and Buro Happold, have released their concept proposals for Dumbreck, a new school for children aged from 4 to 18, with severe visual, mobility and sensory impairment.
The school commission was won in competition and is for Glasgow City Council. It will be the first school building of it’s type in Europe and follows an intense briefing period, involving all the design team and visits to schools in the UK.
The proposals include new streets and squares, visual and auditory cues, naturally lit galleries arranged around existing trees, north facing class rooms, teaching and learning spaces and gardens for recreation, fun and relaxation. The building has been specifically designed so that the kids can wander in safety, increasing their sense of independence without putting them at risk.
gm+ad are now working to refine the proposals with a view to submitting for full planning permission by the end of September 2004. It is intended that the building will be complete and occupied by 50 pupils and their teachers and carers by the start of the new term in 2006
School design by Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop
gm+ad : Dumbreck School Information
Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop have been awarded the commission to design a school for children with sensory impairment in Dumbreck, Glasgow. The children who will use the school all have severe visual impairment and often hearing, cognitive and mobility problems.
The new school will bring together the existing schools of Kelvin and Carnbooth on a spectacular site in the city’s south side. The commission is for Glasgow City Council and will include residential accommodation and teaching space for children from age 4 to 18. ‘We have proposed three different concepts which can be developed’ says gm+ad Project Director Maggie Barlow. ‘Each works with the existing site features, so that for instance all trees are kept and accommodation is arranged around a beautiful sensory garden’.
‘It will be an empathetic environment which will support the children and help the teachers but also a place where the kids can have fun’ adds Alan Dunlop “a place which offers security but also independence, and we are very much looking forward to getting started. ‘Our design team includes Margaret Hickish, an access specialist from Buro Happold and City Design Cooperative, designers of the Hidden Garden in Glasgow’.
The architects will start design work right away with the school scheduled to be completed in June 2006. The design work will involve an intense briefing period during which the gm+ad will carry through workshops with parents and heads of both schools to assist in the design and to keep everyone informed of progress. ‘It will be a busy period’ says Maggie Barlow ‘but for a project we are absolutely committed to and want to make a success’.
The chance to create a special school environment is something new for gm+ad, designers of award winning hotel, office and residential projects like Radisson SAS Glasgow and the super shiney Bacofoil building in the city’s financial district. The practice has also recently won a Europa Nostra Award for their work toGlasgow Central Sation but there is no doubt the partners feel this project for Dumbreck is something special. “We have always believed that a good architect can carry though any type of project successfully and with great care” says Gordon Murray “We will work to ensure this new school becomes a real centre of excellence for the care of kids with very special needs and the people who care for them”
Furher info on Dumbreck: Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects, Glasgow – 0141 331 2926
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