James Gillespie's School Campus
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High School Works
Financial Milestone December 2013
Financial close has now been reached for the James Gillespie's High School £34m rebuild which means all the project and financing agreements have been signed. You can read more in the Council News Centre.
November 2013 Update
The first stage of the work to demolish the existing High School is well underway.
It is planned to complete this in 2014.
A new main access for the construction site has been created off Lauderdale Street.
A crusher has been installed on site to deal with the demolition waste. It will create a 'hardcore' material that will be re-used on site. An 'acoustic bund' will be formed to help minimise the noise of the crushing operation.
Trees on the eastern boundary of the campus have been removed as part of the demolition phase. Tree removals across the Campus are being kept to a minimum. But are necessary where they would be too close to the site of the new building or where their root systems extended under the footprint of the new school.
Replacement trees will be planted in Phase 2 of the project, in line with the agreed plans. You can find more information about planting and landscaping on the Council's Planning Portal.
Once the demolition works are done the construction of the main project will begin and this is split into two distinct phases, outlined below.
Phase 1 Works
Started: 28 October 2013
Completion scheduled: Easter 2015
Once the existing school buildings that are in the hoarded area of the site are demolished, the new teaching block will be built along the Lauderdale Street edge.
The school will be using the remaining buildings (Warrender, Spylaw and Thirlestane) and the recently installed temporary units through the Phase 1 works. Senior Students (S4-S6) will also use decant accommodation at Darroch, at Gillespie Street, which is a short walk from the main school.
Phase 2 Works
Begin: Easter 2015
Completion scheduled: Summer 2016
Temporary teaching accommodation will be removed from the site; the Warrender, Spylaw and Thirlestane buildings will be demolished and the school’s temporary catering block will be relocated.
The new Sports and Performance buildings will be built on the cleared areas and campus landscaping will be completed, including the school car park.
Further work will be undertaken on the Grade A listed Bruntsfield House to complete its refurbishment.
James Gillespie’s Primary School
The new Nursery for James Gillespie's Primary School was officially opened on 20 November by Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener of Education, Children and Families. The Primary School's new gym hall and two new class spaces are also finished and now in use. More information is available in the Council's News Centre
Work was carried out in two main phases to allow teaching and learning to continue during the term with the more intrusive work being undertaken during the summer holidays. Now that the Primary School have full use of their new facilities the former nursery/gym building will be demolished as part of the wider campus works.