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. Unique trophies created by customers who will benefit from the new facility were presented, and each of the category winners has been given the opportunity to participate in work experience with ab+c.
Challenge judges included Mark Southgate, MOBIE's Chief Executive, Caroline Dearden, Director at ab+c, Niamh Waldron, ESG Director at Sigma Capital Group, Accessible Travel & Disability Blogger, Simply Emma, and wheelchair athlete and disability sport advocate, Gemma Lumsdaine.
Caroline Dearden, Director at ab+c, 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".
Challenge sponsors, Springfield Properties, Allia C&C and Sigma Capital Group, awarded £250 in technology vouchers to each of the category winners, which included customers from local care facilities, and Corseford College students. Isla and Tassi have both been awarded an additional £250 technology voucher for being the overall winner.