Cumming House Restoration

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Cumming House Restoration & Renewal

75 Years of Service and Counting

Cumming House is Gordonstoun’s first purpose built Boarding House. Constructed almost entirely of timber, its design was extraordinary for its time. Now after seven decades, the school is embarking upon a comprehensive renewal project to enhance and conserve the fabric of this cherished campus building and provide additional boarding places and new facilities for day pupils.

Designed by architect George Kennedy, Cumming House was completed in 1939 and named after Lady Smith-Cumming. Its distinctive reverse batter and horizontal cedar boarding is a welcome sight as one approaches the campus. Inside, original features include double height ceilings and light filled spaces in which to live and study.

Today, however, adaptations that have been made over time have compromised building circulation and the impact of the original designs. Our renewal project will aim to restore this beautiful B listed structure whilst also creating much needed and well appointed spaces for boarders.

Cumming House courtyard


Key Project Features

• The original internal hall will remain as the heart of the building as a two storey open structure.
• A new passenger lift will enhance accessibility.   
• New rooms will be “tucked in” behind original elevations in the new rear courtyard extension.
• Insensitive accretions (i.e. 1960’s toilet block) will be removed while sensitive new extensions will minimise visual impact.  

We need your support to help us renew Gordonstoun’s first and much loved boarding house and secure its future for generations to come.      

For a further discussion about how you can help us with Cumming House, please contact: 


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