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Donaldsons College


Donaldson's Trust



Services provided

Options Appraisal, Cost Advice, Specification & Design Consultation

Project Description

The now former Donaldson College, Edinburgh, is a high profile, listed building. When the Donaldson Trust was considering options to ensure that the education it provided for Scotlands deaf and language impaired children was exemplary, the asset was examined to ensure it remained fit for purpose for a modern special education needs school.

PMP was appointed to guide the Trust through the process of analysing the entire estate, considering options for new build, extensions or remodelling the existing building with the ultimate goal of optimising the estate and delivering a world class education facility.

Through various optioneering exercises, it was concluded that the listed building was not a suitable option to educate from and its value would be better realised through a private sale to allow a new, state of the art school to be created on a new out of town campus.

John Dunn

John Dunn


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PMP provided options that included partial sale of the site and sale of the whole site, with the sale of the whole site being the optimum solution.

PMP then worked with the Trust to develop a brief for the new school including classroom sizes, number of classrooms required, sport and exercise requirements including swimming pools and residential accommodation for around 90 pupils and 100 staff. From this brief, PMP worked with the Trust to identify a number of sites and provided a report on which was the best option to maximise the opportunity for the new school and the budget from the sale of the existing building and land. Within this recommendation, PMP also provided outline costs for the whole development including construction costs, legal and planning costs.

Through a competitive process, JM Architects was appointed to deliver the design for the new school which is located in Linlithgow. PMP and JM Architects worked together to achieve planning and appoint a contractor that would deliver the £17.5M new build school to the required specification with a life span of 60 years as a minimum.

What we delivered

Project Management & Development Advice

Development Appraisals

Cost Advice

Specification and Design Consultant

Business case Support

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