Learning Hub design unveiled

Harmeny Education Trust is thrilled to unveil the design for the new Learning Hub building.

Designed by Loader Monteith and Studio SJM Architects with support from Waddell Armstrong, this ambitious project to improve outcomes for young people who have experienced early years trauma has also recently received the green light from planning.

See inside our new Learning Hub in this video
Situated in 35 acres of woodland, the new building will offer vocational classrooms, art spaces and a bike workshop, as well as multi-functional internal and external areas.

Over £1.4 million of the £1.95m funding target has already been raised and it is hoped work on the project will be complete in summer 2022. 

Providing skills for life and work

Artists impression of the proposed bike and small engineering workshop

The Learning Hub will deliver a suite of new spaces designed to add secondary age group learning and community engagement programmes to Harmeny’s existing learning facility. The new building will include vocational classrooms, art and workshop spaces, and a bike workshop as well as a series of multi-functional internal and external areas to support the expansion of Harmeny’s specialist care and education services. 

Artists impression of the new Creative Arts Workshop

Matt Loader, Director of Loader Monteith Architects said: we’re really excited to be moving this project forwards with the input of our talented design team. The building looks to make the most of a very beautiful glade in a clearing of trees with its ‘L’ shaped plan and covered external areas creating a sense of enclosure and intimacy within the woodland setting. We have designed a building to minimise the loss of any trees, meaning that the building will sit carefully within its beautiful setting. The existing trees will provide cover and a sense of enclosure for the outdoor classroom spaces.”

The learning spaces are designed to look out into the woodland and provide a sense of peace and tranquillity for the students. This will support Harmeny’s highly experiential model of learning and create an uplifting environment for students and staff alike. 

Helping support young people for longer

Karen Eastwood, Harmeny’s deputy head of education, said: “At the moment we can provide our specialist education services for children aged five to 14, but we can’t keep them on after that, as we don’t have the facilities to deliver secondary education beyond S2.

“So you build all these relationships, you have them doing the work and then they have to go somewhere else.

“The new Learning Hub will allow us to expand what we do and enable us to work with young people beyond 14, and up to age 18.

“We’ll also be able to expand our day education service to provide learning programmes for up to 12 more young people from mainstream schools who have disengaged from their education.”

The new welcome area for young people attending the new day learning programmes
All spaces have been designed with young people who have experienced early years trauma in mind

Help make the Learning Hub a reality

To ensure that we can open the new Learning Hub in summer 2022 we need to raise £1.95m by the end of October. There are many ways that you can support our Learning for Life Appeal. To find out more or have a chat to our fundraising team please contact us below, call 0131 449 3938 or email fundraising@harmeny.org.uk.

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