Grant Bulloch Architect






• Richmond's Hope, Edinburgh

Richmond's Hope arose from Richmond Craigmillar Church's work in helping local children who have suffered bereavement. The project supports them throughout their grief using theraputic play, and provides a safe haven for them to work out their feelings and emotions. It aims to improve childrens' self esteem through sharing experiences, and also increase the public understanding of the issues involved. Each child has an individual programme of care and referrals can be made by schools, doctors, social workers, voluntary agencies and churches of all denominations.

An unused balcony at the rear of Richmond Craigmillar Church was converted to provide accommodation for the initial project. The stair enclosure provided the greatest challenge aesthetically as it had to be inserted into a symmetrical and formal space, while not conflicting with the unusual style of the church interior. The result is a modern and striking intervention, which complements the simple aesthetics of the original church design.

Subsequent projects included new meeting and waiting rooms, and an accessible entrance, the latest being completed in 2014.

Funding for the projects came from The Community Fund, Lloyds TSB, Children in Need, the Scottish Churches Community Trust and the Church of Scotland.


contractors: Forsyth Building Ltd / Samuel Contracts Ltd






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