Royal Blind School Conversion and Hydrotherapy Pool, Edinburgh
Oberlanders were appointed by Royal Blind to convert a former residential care home at Canaan Lane in Morningside, Edinburgh into a residential school for multiple disabled and visually impaired children. The project involved creating barrier free facilities throughout with specialised detailing to meet the specific demands of the disabled building users. A new glazed link building connected the new school to the existing residential unit at Canaan lodge on the same site. This incorporated the construction of a new Hydrotherapy Pool in a pavilion building adjacent to the link. The pool is specifically designed to accommodate the special needs and disabilities of the students.
Subsequently, following a rationalisation of Royal Blind, Oberlanders were asked to revisit the project and undertake a further £3m refurbishment to adjust and improve the accommodation. This second refurbishment was completed, in phases, to permit the school to remain in operation throughout the building process. Consequently Health and Safety of pupils and staff was an important aspect of our approach to the design. This redevelopment project was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. The facility is Scotland’s only residential school specialising in the care and education of young people with visual impairments and complex needs.