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£40m new Queensferry High School handed over

Project Scotland - 6th August 2020

The £40 million Queensferry High School has been completed ahead of the start of the new academic year.

Delivered for the City of Edinburgh Council by development partner hub South East, with Morrison Construction as the main contractor, the facility includes a sports hall, six-lane swimming pool, and a number of as areas which will be accessible to the public in due course.

The school has been built on the old school’s playing fields. Now that the build is complete, the old school will be demolished, with the area landscaped and a new pitch created on the site.

Roddy Clark, hub South East’s projects director said, “Managing a project through completion and handover during a pandemic has been a challenging experience but the dedication and hard work of all parties, and the positive partnership working demonstrated, has resulted in a high quality, state-of-the-art educational facility which will benefit pupils, staff and the local community.

“hub South East is particularly proud to be leading the way in realising progressive government policy aspirations in relation to low carbon, as the new school is receiving funds through the Scottish Futures Trust to ensure a low carbon design. Ultimately this will not only satisfy increasing environmental targets but should have a beneficial effect on the learning environment and educational attainment as well as life cycle costs of the building.”

Eddie Robertson, MD of Morrison Construction Building Central added, “I’m delighted that we have finally been able to handover this fantastic new facility after the limbo period of the lockdown. As a business we have an excellent track record in education building and the new Queensferry High School will only add to that reputation. I can only congratulate the team for their efforts and we look forward to them maintaining that high-quality through the second phase.”
 

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Application submitted by Holmes Miller for the first phase of the Trinity Academy Replacement Project - a new Sports & Outdoor Campus at Bangholm Recreation Ground (replacing the current Bangholm Outdoor Centre), comprising a Sports Building (4 court sports hall, gym hall, dance studio & fitness suite, classrooms & community café) and a standalone Outdoor Building. Outside school hours, Edinburgh Leisure will operate the facility as a community sports building.

19/05832/FUL | Erection of new build Sports and Outdoor Centre to replace existing facilities on site (to be demolished) and provide sports facilities to be used by both Trinity Academy (located on Craighall Avenue) and the wider community. | Bangholm Outdoor Centre Craighall Gardens Edinburgh













Recommended for approval. Decision due 23rd September.
 

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IntoUniversity to open two new education centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh

IntoUniversity - 8th October 2020

We're delighted to announce that in March 2021, two new learning centres will open in Govan and Craigmillar to provide additional educational support to young people aged 7-18. Working closely with local schools, colleges and other agencies, the centres will provide after-school academic tuition, mentoring, and programmes to enable young people to achieve their ambitions.

The project is a ground-breaking collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and IntoUniversity. The partnership is based upon a shared concern for children growing up experiencing poverty and a belief in the power of education to transform young people’s lives. The new centres will provide invaluable long-term support with young people’s educational outcomes and their journey into employment and a positive destination.

IntoUniversity has carried out detailed feasibility work and consultation to ensure that the new centres will play a valuable role alongside other services for young people. The centres will complement extensive work that both universities already do to widen access to higher education, by providing community-based support to young people on their doorstep. Through activities at the universities young people will develop their understanding of university life and awareness of the opportunities that higher education has to offer.

£2.7 million has been raised to fund the first two centres for a pilot period of 5 years. Further fundraising is underway to allow a third centre to open in Maryhill in Autumn 2021.

“We are delighted that this new partnership with the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh is enabling IntoUniversity to serve young people in Scotland. Three new learning centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh will use the power of education to lift young people out of poverty, opening up new worlds of possibility. We look forward to working in partnership with local schools, colleges, third sector organisations, businesses and councils, along with the Universities, to bring this project to fruition.” Dr Rachel Carr OBE, Co-Founder and Chief Executive IntoUniversity

“The University of Glasgow is a proudly international institution, but we have never forgotten that our first duty is to the city we serve. A key part of that is ensuring opportunities are available to talented young people across Glasgow, regardless of their background. For the university and the city to thrive, we need to be able to empower people across our communities to meet their full potential and this ground-breaking collaboration – delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and IntoUniversity – represents the next step in realising that ambition, with the potential to transform the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people.” Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor University of Glasgow

“At the University of Edinburgh, we support all efforts to ensure that access to higher education is equitable and fair. Young people need to know more about the choices available to them, including but not limited to access to universities. In an important collaboration with IntoUniversity, the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, supported by philanthropic funding from both of our communities, are proud to be part of this ambitious and important project. It is a major milestone in helping us unlock and nurture the potential of young people, regardless of their background. The impact will create a wider benefit not only for the individuals, but also for their families and communities, the universities or colleges they might attend, and for society as a whole.” Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor University of Edinburgh.
 

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Application submitted for a Learning Hub at Harmeny School in Balerno by Loader Monteith Architects & Sarah Jane Storrie Architects. The proposed building will accommodate an extended secondary, art, design and technology programme for the children’s charity.

20/04059/FUL | Single storey learning hub including demolition of existing outdoor centre and construction of new teaching and outdoor rooms, external terraces and pathways, and cloister. | Harmeny School 45 Mansfield Road Balerno EH14 7JY



















 

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Application submitted by Holmes Miller for the first phase of the Trinity Academy Replacement Project - a new Sports & Outdoor Campus at Bangholm Recreation Ground (replacing the current Bangholm Outdoor Centre), comprising a Sports Building (4 court sports hall, gym hall, dance studio & fitness suite, classrooms & community café) and a standalone Outdoor Building. Outside school hours, Edinburgh Leisure will operate the facility as a community sports building.

19/05832/FUL | Erection of new build Sports and Outdoor Centre to replace existing facilities on site (to be demolished) and provide sports facilities to be used by both Trinity Academy (located on Craighall Avenue) and the wider community. | Bangholm Outdoor Centre Craighall Gardens Edinburgh














Plans approved for new sports and outdoor centre in Edinburgh

Project Scotland - 28th October 2020

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved plans to build a new sports and outdoor centre in the north of the city.

The Bangholm Sports and Outdoor Centre will be located next to Trinity Academy and create a new campus with the sports pavilion being the first phase in a proposed redevelopment of the school’s facilities.

It will include a four-court sports hall, gym hall, dance studio and fitness suite, and will become the new home to the school’s PE department.

The council’s sport and outdoor learning unit will also have a base in the centre in order to support outdoor learning in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

Councillor Ian Perry, education convener, said, “It’s great news that these plans have been approved today as the school and wider local community are really going to benefit from these purpose-built sport and outdoor centre buildings. The new sports venue will boast a four court hall, gym hall, dance studio and fitness suite and although it will primarily be used by Trinity Academy for school PE, wider community groups will also have access to the facilities.”
 

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Informal consultation starts for Gaelic secondary education

The City of Edinburgh Council - 6th November 2020

An informal consultation setting out proposals for the future of Gaelic secondary education in the Capital is underway.

The City of Edinburgh Council has been holding discussions with the city’s Gaelic community this past year about how to further develop education provision given the rising Gaelic school rolls in the city across all age groups.

The consultation details proposals for developing Gaelic Medium Education (GME) including:
  • Four potential site options for a new Gaelic secondary school with Liberton High School being the preferred choice
  • Research outlining the benefits of a standalone school or co-located campus
  • Funding implications for the new school
  • Next steps including the process for a statutory consultation
Public can access the consultation document online to submit their comments and there will also be two virtual public meetings taking place on 25 November and 30 November which will be webcast.

Once the feedback is analysed it is expected that a report outlining plans for a statutory consultation will go to a meeting of the Education, Children and Families Committee early next year.

Education Convener Cllr Ian Perry said:

"We’re committed to expanding high-quality secondary GME in an immersive environment and we’ve been discussing with the GME school communities about the different options for enhancing this provision in the city.

"To put forward a credible case to the Scottish Government for funding, we need to identify a preferred option for the future of secondary GME that has the support of our Gaelic community.

"We have considered four options for a new secondary GME setting and the benefits and challenges of each are laid out in the consultation. I would urge everyone to take part so interested parties can influence any changes that would follow for a statutory consultation."


Education Vice Convener and Gaelic Champion Cllr Alison Dickie said:

"These are exciting times for Gaelic in Scotland’s capital city, and we have a special responsibility to nurture and help cultivate the language as an integral part of our shared heritage and national identity.

"The journey we are on has seen us support the flourishing of the language with the publication of our second Gaelic Language Plan, an increase in pupils and a long-term strategy to develop GME.

"In order to embed a sustainable future for Gaelic, we will continue to deliver and expand on our fundamental principles of high-quality teaching and commitment to immersive education, regardless of setting.

"Education lies at the heart of the regeneration of Gaelic language and culture in Edinburgh. In any scenario, we will look to provide a place for both the school and community to thrive, securing the future of the language as vibrant and visible."


The informal public consultation will close on 11 December.
 

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From the pre-consultation material, more info on the 4 options under consideration for the location of dedicated GME secondary provision:

Granton Waterfront

For the Granton option, no specific site has been earmarked and because all the Council land in this area is earmarked for other investment projects, there would be a considerable additional cost and negotiation process required to release a site for a new GME secondary facility. If the cost of the land acquisition were to be estimated at £10m then the total estimated cost for delivery of this option would be £50m.

Castlebrae High School

Site For the Castlebrae option, the receipt for the existing site has been estimated at £5m and this forms part of the funding package for the replacement Castlebrae High School currently being constructed. This would add £5m on to the cost of delivering a new GME facility at this location and the estimated cost for delivery of this option would be £45m.

Wester Hailes Education Centre

At WHEC, following almost 2 years of detailed engagement with the school community, the Education Working Group is supportive of the Masterplan developed and Phase 1 proposals to refurbish the Sports and Community facilities is being progressed. Location of Phase 2 is still to be decided based on place initiative, City Plan 2030 and further engagement with the school community and therefore it would be a significant delay to any joint campus arrangement at this location. Until the location for Phase 2 is confirmed it would not be possible to proceed with a statutory consultation and the deliverability of a GME facility at this site would therefore take longer than at the other shared campus option. The estimated cost of this option is the base estimate of £30m for a co-located campus option although the longer the project is delayed this is likely to increase due to inflation.

Liberton High School

The Liberton High School site is a large site already owned by the Council and within the Communities and Families property portfolio. There is enough room on this site for two schools and all the associated infrastructure, for the facilities to be designed to align to the Scottish Government’s requirements for community access and to allow for growth in the future including the potential for an all-through GME provision. The estimated cost of this option is the base estimate of £30m for a co-located campus option
Emerging design material from Holmes Miller of CEC's preferred option - a Language Centre of Excellence joint campus at Liberton incorporating a replacement Liberton High School, GME school & community facilities, incl. a Gaelic Cultural Hub. Completion targeted for August 2024.





 

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I'm disappointed there isn't a shinty pitch.

Made me recall a poorly mown footie pitch out at Edinburgh City years ago that felt like it was shinty length. Watching the wee lads try to get the ball the length of the field was hilarious. I seem to recall we subbed off one lad up front who started crying when he neared hypothermia.
 

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Application submitted by James Clydesdale & Associates to repair & upgrade Myreside Pavilion at George Watson's College, which was damaged by fire earlier this year.











 

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Is it only me that thinks installing a glass balustrade on the balcony makes it look cheaper? It's not a place I'll ever visit, but the key thing is, will they keep it clean? Nothing worse than grubby glass.
 

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Application submitted for a Learning Hub at Harmeny School in Balerno by Loader Monteith Architects & Sarah Jane Storrie Architects. The proposed building will accommodate an extended secondary, art, design and technology programme for the children’s charity.

20/04059/FUL | Single storey learning hub including demolition of existing outdoor centre and construction of new teaching and outdoor rooms, external terraces and pathways, and cloister. | Harmeny School 45 Mansfield Road Balerno EH14 7JY



















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Replacement schools for Liberton High and Wester Hailes Education Centre after Scottish Government funding announcement

The City of Edinburgh Council - 18th December 2020

Education leaders in Edinburgh have welcomed the announcement today that the Scottish Government is providing funding for a replacement Liberton High School and Wester Hailes Education Centre.

Both schools were included in the funding submission by the City of Edinburgh Council to the Scottish Government as part of potential projects for Phase 2 of their Learning Estate Investment Programme.

Today (Friday 18 December) the Government has announced funding for a total of 25 projects from 18 local authorities. Alongside a replacement Currie High School this means Edinburgh has three schools from our Wave 4 learning estate project included in their investment programme.

Cllr Ian Perry, Convener for Education, Children and Families at the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

"Replacement of both these schools has been a top priority for the Council and today’s announcement will be really welcomed by their school communities. I’m very pleased that the Scottish Government has recognised the strength of our bid as we’re committed to building schools which provide the very best learning environment for our young people.

"Both these projects will provide us with significant opportunities to create, as part of an inclusive net zero-carbon city, community lifelong learning and sports hubs where public services can be co-located with links to active travel networks, green infrastructure and strategic public transport networks. It’s a real boost for our ambitious new school building programme which will see £500m planned investment over the next 10 years and we already have a number of schools across the primary, secondary and special sectors opening in the coming year.

"We will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government, COSLA and other partners as we drive forward our plans for new school campuses that are innovatively and sustainably designed so they are inspirational places for learning for the next generation."

Cllr Alison Dickie, Vice Convener for Education, Children and Families at the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

"This excellent news from the Scottish Government means we can now press on with building these much-needed new schools for Liberton and Wester Hailes. We want schools for the future that are fit for 21st Century learning and we’ll continue to develop our plans so that greater accessibility for all pupils and a more inclusive environment promoting greater health and wellbeing are key to their success.

"These projects will develop excellent facilities that meet all the aspirations of the Scottish Government’s Learning Estate Investment Strategy by connecting people, places and learning, improving outcomes for all and promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth. It also provides us with the platform to keep progressing our ambitious plans for the enhancement of Gaelic Medium Education secondary provision in the city. GME has grown at all learning levels, and a well-designed co-located school within a Liberton campus, would support our vision of a fully immersive environment.

"We’re committed to all our new learning estate buildings being constructed in line with our bold commitment of being carbon neutral by 2030 and designed to meet the city-wide aspirations for the curriculum to address all inclusion, digital and outdoor learning requirements and ensuring all our children have the best possible learning environment in which to flourish."

Current schools projects under construction with their completion dates include: Frogston Primary School (spring 2021), Victoria Primary School (summer 2021), St Crispin’s Special School (summer 2021), a new primary school on Canaan Lane in south Edinburgh (end of 2021), Castlebrae Community campus (end of 2021) and Trinity Academy Phase 1 (spring 2022). The Council is also committed to building a new Currie High School by summer 2024.
 

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Application submitted by Holmes Miller for an annexe to Kirkliston Primary School in the grounds of Kirkliston Leisure Centre. The project is to be delivered over two phases: phase 1 will provide a new Early Learning & Childcare Centre and primary 1 classes; phase 2 will provide primary 2 classes.

20/05679/FUL | Erection of Early Years Nursery and Primary 1&2 School with associated landscaping | Land In The Grounds Of Kirkliston Sports Centre Kirklands Park Street Kirkliston











 
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