Pupils reminded to Play Safe and Stay Safe as work starts on new classrooms for three Edinburgh schools

Construction work is about to start on a £2.8m investment on new facilities in three schools in Edinburgh as Hub South East assists the City of Edinburgh Council in continuing to tackle the issue of rising rolls in primary schools.

In preparation for site set up this week, children at Liberton Primary took part in a Safety Sam presentation with the Contractor, Morrison Construction, where they were introduced to a range of construction issues, from machinery to PPE and were reminded to Play Safe and Stay Safe whilst work is being carried out in their schools.

Liberton Primary is just one of three schools benefiting from new permanent facilities in this, the fifth year of the Rising Rolls programme of extensions between the Council and its development partner, Hub South East.

Liberton Primary will benefit from a double storey four classroom new build, whilst refurbishment work will create additional space for St Margaret’s and Corstorphine Primary will gain two new classrooms. All work should be completed in time for the start of the new school year in August.

Councillor Cammy Day, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The challenge of rising school rolls is one the Council is meeting head on as in the past four years we have delivered an extra 74 modern, high quality class spaces in our primary school estate. The four new classrooms being built at Liberton Primary School are a perfect example of how we have responded to their accommodation issues by working with the school community to come up with a suitable solution.

“No other council in Scotland has taken such an innovative or collaborative approach to tackling this issue or invested as much. This year we are providing an additional £6.7m as we are committed to providing the very best educational environment for our young learners.”

Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive, said: "It's exciting to amrk the start of construction on a fifth year of our Rising Rolls school extension programme. Hub South East is proud to have worked in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council since 2012 to provide additional facilities in what will soon be 22 schools across the city."

“This programme is real testament to the excellent quality, fast turnaround and strength of partnership between ourselves, our council clients and supply chain. We look forward to the successful delivery of Liberton, St Margaret’s and Corstorphine Primaries and to future projects together.”

David Wilson, Operations Director for Morrison Construction said: “This is the fifth year running that we have worked with the City of Edinburgh Council and Hub South East on the Rising Roles programme – an excellent example of the strong partnerships built between all of those involved, one which Morrison Construction is rightly proud of.

"We have already kicked-off our early engagement with the schools with the pupils receiving a visit from Safety Sam. We have made these visits to local schools before and the children really enjoy it: it’s a very effective way of presenting a very important message in a fun and memorable way.”