Learning Hub architect team ready to go

Published: December 23, 2019

Loader Monteith and Sarah Jane Storrie have won the tender to design Harmeny’s new Learning Hub and Outdoor Centre. This marks a significant step forward for the Learning for Life Appeal.

The tender was facilitated by RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland). It saw Loader Monteith and Sarah Jane Storrie selected following a two stage process. The team, which also includes Harley Haddow for provision of structural, civil and services engineering, and Principal CDM, look forward to progressing the design stage in earnest.

Joyful, uplifting environment

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected for this project.” said Matt Loader, director of Loader Monteith Architects.

“On reading the initial brief, we were incredibly moved by the work the school does to better children’s lives. We had a clear idea at the outset about making a clearing in a glade, and using the setting as a joyful and uplifting environment for the delivery of the school’s programme. We can’t wait to start work.”

Sarah Jane Storrie of Sarah Jane Storrie Architects said how excited she is to explore how the team can create calm, inspiring and practical spaces to enhance their highly experiential teaching model. “I am delighted to be
collaborating on a piece of architecture that will have such a positive impact on the invaluable work of Harmeny.”

We are now a step closer to achieving the build

Neil Squires, Chief Executive of Harmeny said, “For the past sixty years Harmeny has helped children who have suffered early years trauma, through 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 Loader Monteith, Sarah Jane Storrie and the team to help us build the facilities our children and young people in our community deserve to fully reach their potential.”

What next?

The project is expected to be ready for planning early in 2020. We’ll keep you updated with the process and can’t wait to share the design with you.