Property sector collaboration helps to progress plans for ‘urgently needed’ school for vulnerable children

NINE Scottish property firms have teamed up to support an ‘urgently needed’ build project for a charity in Kinross-shire.

The collaboration of developers, architects, planners, engineers, landscape designers and surveyors has been formed to plan and deliver a new school for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.

The project for Seamab Care and Education is seen as an opportunity for the property industry to put its time and expertise into a physical asset that tipped to make a profound difference to the lives of young people who have had a severely traumatic start in life.

Led by Chris Stewart, CEO of Chris Stewart Group and chair of Seamab, alongside Alastair Wallace of Thomas & Adamson, the group has secured planning permission for the new school and has now passed the halfway point of its £5.5 million fundraising target.

Contractors and supply chain companies are now being encouraged to get involved so that the technical specification can be progressed, and the project can be delivered.

Alastair said, “Seamab is an unapologetically small charity, and so deserving of our support. Seeing the work they do and the children they care for is incredibly moving. Simply put they need a new school. They currently exist in an old residential property that is no longer fit for purpose.

“Creating a better environment with well-designed educational and play spaces is what we as an industry can do and why we have come together in a genuinely collaborative effort.

“We are looking for contractors and materials suppliers who can offer either or both financial support or contributions that will see the plans come to reality. It clearly contributes to any charity benefit programme a company has in place, but, in this case, the return on investment is delivering a better start in life for many young children. It’s something we all want to do.”

The creation of a new school will provide an environment where children can recover, learn and grow. The school is due to be ready in early 2025.

The property companies that make up the design team are Chris Stewart Group, Thomas & AdamsonThomson GrayRybkaWill RuddHarrison Stevens Landscape Architecture & Urban DesignDavidson Chalmers Stewart LLP3DReid Ltd and LBA – Architecture + Design.

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