RENOWNED architect and TV presenter George Clarke crowned the winners of a creative design challenge that will inform the design a new £28 million complex-needs facility in Perth.
Capability Scotland, the charity behind ‘Our Inclusive Community Project’, partnered with MOBIE (Ministry of Building Innovation and Education) to encourage co-production and influence the creation of the nationally significant development.
From a pool of 23 submissions, Isla Bethune of Bertha Park High School, and Tassi Forbes of Perth High School both wowed the judges with their innovative designs. Both entrants won the category awards for Design and Sustainability and were named the joint overall winners by George Clarke in yesterday’s (June 29) awards ceremony.
Commenting on the challenge, George said: “Inspiring young talent to help define the communities of the future is a real passion of mine. Creating communities that are innovative, beautiful, genuinely sustainable, and transform the quality of people’s lives is why we run these challenges.
“I was blown away by the quality of submissions. Each was incredibly well thought out and took into account the varied and complex needs of those who will use the spaces.
“I’ve really enjoyed being part of this process, bringing together the brilliant minds from a range of backgrounds, and I’m excited to follow the project as it develops.”
On Isla’s entry, judges noted: “Thorough and thoughtful design. Meets the majority of criteria, to a very high standard”, and added “Wow! Brilliant model, thinking about placemaking and how it could delight and be accessible” on Tassi’s design.
Caroline Dearden, Director at Anderson, Bell + Christie architects, said: “As lead architect for Capability Scotland’s Our Inclusive Community Project, we were delighted to get involved with their design challenge and collaborate with MOBIE in helping to take forward such an exciting initiative.
“The brief Capability Scotland set for this inspiring challenge, was intended to inspire creative minds, and embed the importance of inclusive communities and accessibility through the design process – part of Capability Scotland’s core mission. The entries we received show that it has done just that and has ignited a passion for design, creativity, and innovation in so many young designers from across the country.
“Seeing the outstanding and forward-thinking concepts that have been created by these young people is incredible – especially from a design perspective and through many different guises, they have encapsulated what ‘Inclusive Living’ truly means. Capability Scotland places a strong emphasis on community and these young designers have encompassed connections and relationships beautifully within their designs and presented them very well.”
Capability Scotland is a charity delivering care, support, and education for disabled children and adults across Scotland. It has a range of facilities and services across the country which helps its customers achieve the best outcomes in their lives, no matter their needs.
MOBIE was founded in 2017 by architect and television presenter George Clarke to inspire young people to revolutionise the way we think about the places in which we live. He aims to give younger generations a way to define how they want to live now and in the future.