Architect design team sought for new Learning Hub

Published: August 12, 2019

We are embarking on the next exciting stage of our Learning for Life Appeal and are currently looking to appoint an architect-led multi-disciplinary design team for our new Learning Hub.

The Learning Hub will contribute to the school’s growth and expansion of practical programmes for young people in our care, allowing us to expand the age range and enable more vulnerable young people across Edinburgh to be supported.

Neil Squires, Chief Executive says: “For the past sixty years Harmeny has helped children whose lives have been affected by abuse, neglect and family disruption, to turn their lives around and realise their right to a safe and happy childhood. We have reached a pivotal time where we wish to offer even more young people the opportunity to benefit from our services, and to do this we need to improve our learning resources. We are excited about working with a design team that truly understand the needs of our young people and the environment, and help us build the facilities they deserve to fully reach their potential.”

The competitive selection process, being managed by RIAS Consultancy from The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, will be run over two stages; an open stage inviting all interested architects or architectural practices to submit a 500-word statement demonstrating their relevant experience, interest in the project and reasons why they should be considered for the project. Five bidders will be shortlisted by the judging panel to participate in the second stage, where they will be asked to compile a multi-disciplinary team and be invited to submit further written information and give a presentation and interview.

Requests to participate by receiving full documentation should be made by email to RIAS Consultancy; by 22nd August 2019.

The closing date for receipt of expression of interest statements is 27th August 2019 at 12 noon.

For more information on our Learning for Life Appeal please visit