Green light for school campus project

The James Gillespie’s school campus project has reached another significant milestone.

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.

Last month the first phase reached of the ambitious project was completed with the official opening of two new classrooms, gym and nursery at James Gillespie’s Primary School.

The second phase will see the existing high school completely replaced in two stages. Demolition work is now well underway on the main school site to allow the construction of the new main teaching block, stage one, to get underway early in the new year.

The final phase of works will see the development of new sports and performance buildings with the project due for completion by summer 2016. In addition, the A-listed Bruntsfield House at the centre of the campus is also undergoing a major refurbishment a new synthetic pitch at Thirlstane Road having already been delivered.

The total capital cost of the new secondary school is £34m of which the Scottish Government is funding £20.5m through the ‘Scotland's Schools for the Future’ Programme which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust. The project is being delivered in partnership with Hub South East Scotland with Morrison Construction appointed contractors for the project.  

Cllr Paul Godzik, Education Convener, said: “This is a really unique project as it benefits children right from nursery age through to their high school years. I was really impressed with the high quality facilities at the primary school which I opened last month and those buildings have definitely set the standard for the high school.

“We are delighted to be working with the Scottish Government on this important project.”

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland, said: “We are excited that, after the successful delivery of a new nursery and gym for James Gillespie’s Primary School, we are now beginning the construction of the high school.

“A great deal of work has gone into this project in the background, so beginning work on site is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the campus. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver a

modern, fit-for-purpose facility which will benefit both children and staff.” 

Gordon Milne, Morrison Construction Project Director, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver the second phase of this significant education project for the local community.

“We have already seen what a wonderful boost a brand new facility gives to everyone with the opening of the first phase of the James Gillespie’s campus project. We look forward to creating a further inspirational and effective learning environment for all future students.”

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