Donaldsons College Building Image, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Architect

New Donaldsons College : Linlithgow Building

Education Centre – Relocation : School for the Deaf, Scotland

New Donaldsons College Linlithgow

First Minister, Alex Salmond officially opened Donaldson’s School, Linlithgow, in September 2008


Edinburgh School for the Deaf
image from jm architects jan 05

The new Donaldsons College presents a great opportunity to develop a world class environment for the teaching of deaf and speech and language impaired pupils from all over Scotland.

The new building will be designed in close collaboration with staff and pupils to accommodate the curriculum which Donaldsons has developed to meet the needs of its pupils at nursery, primary and secondary levels along with their continuing commitment to National priorities of raising attainment and social inclusion.
The new building will be developed on the basis of the present role of 81 pupils, Teachers, Care Staff, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Audiologists, Medical Staff and Scotland’s only Deaf Studies Department, but will need to be flexible enough to respond to changing roles and teaching practices in future.

Edinburgh School for the Deaf
image from jmarchitects jan 05

In addition, it will be home-from-home for around 30 pupils during the week, requiring a different set of responses from the building in terms of scale, feel and security.

The selected site offers unique opportunities in terms of setting and potential for engagement with the landscape, points expanded upon in the accompanying landscape statement.

Finally, the new building will aspire to be a worthy architectural successor to the iconic Status of the Playfair building the school has occupied for 150 years.

Donaldsons and their appointed design team look forward to bringing this world renowned centre of educational excellence to Linlithgow.

Donaldsons College, Edinburgh – Planning submission Jul 04: PR

Donaldsons College Linlithgow photos / text from jmarchitects 301008

Background to Donaldsons College:
Donaldson’s School for the Deaf, Haymarket, west Edinburgh

Cala Homes have invited Richard Murphy Architects to be their architects for the redevelopment of Donaldson’s School for the Deaf. This Grade A listed building by Playfair (completed 1851) will be available for redevelopment when the School moves to new premises around 2007. The intention is to convert Donaldson’s School into apartments and build new housing to the rear of the site. A planning application for Donaldson’s was anticipated mid-2004. Simpson & Brown Architects will be advising on conservation issues for the existing building and landscape.

The finance from the deal with Cala Homes will allow the School for the Deaf to move to more modern premises beside the new Queen Margaret University College site at Craighall, Edinburgh. The proposals by Donaldson’s are likely to mean the demolition of a modern block built within the college grounds.

Martin Hulse – at the time director of the Cockburn Association – discusses Donaldson’s School

Donaldson’s College, Haymarket Terrace, West Coates
1851 Grade A listed

William Playfair

The school is seeking to relocate to purpose-built teaching facilities in Musselburgh, beside the new Queen Margaret University College campus. Donaldson’s College is a school for hearing-impaired and speech and language-impaired children: maintaining the Playfair building had been draining School funds.

Donaldsons School redevelopment initial design : Richard Murphy Architects

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The Crescent at Donaldson’s
The Crescent at Donaldson’s

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