7N Architects wins Shetland campus masterplan commission
The project will develop a vision and redevelopment strategy for the site to create a vibrant, thriving and sustainable mixed use community within the heart of the Old Town of Lerwick.
7N Architects will produce a masterplan to map out the future of Knab Campus, which is set to become vacant towards the end of this year as staff and pupils relocate to the new High School and Halls of Residence under construction at Staney Hill.
The team, who will bring both individual expertise and valuable experience of working on Shetland, includes consulting structural & civil engineers David Narro Associates, quantity surveyors & cost consultants David Adamson and Partners, Groves-Raines Architects, Rankin Fraser Landscape Architects and transport planning consultants Systra.
The plan will be drawn up through public engagement on issues such as specific uses, design details, layouts, open space and landscaping.
Previous comments over the 6.5 hectare site indicate a desire for a well-designed, mixed use and residentially compatible development.
In addition, three listed buildings on the site must be incorporated into any redevelopment; the former Anderson Institute; and the Janet Courtney and Bruce Hostels.
Cllr Alastair Cooper said: “This is a positive step forward for the Knab Campus that will help us create the vision for the site and to see it developed as soon as practicable. 7N Architects have considerable experience and an established pedigree working on other campus projects across Scotland and their expertise will be invaluable.”
7N added: “The team are looking forward to working with Shetland Island Council and the local community on this inspiring site to develop a vision worthy of this unique place.”