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Key milestones reached at £70m East Lothian Community Hospital project

Two key milestones have been reached at the £70m East Lothian Community Hospital project being built by Morrison Construction, with the steel structure now complete and all factory-built bathroom pods delivered to site.

The outline of the three-storey hospital re-development, undertaken by NHS Lothian in partnership with Hub South East Scotland Ltd, is clearly visible at the existing Roodlands hospital site in Haddington.

The steel frame for the 22,000sqm health facility was finished in August after works began on the structure once the out-patients department was completed in February.

In the same week, the final delivery of the 134 factory-built bathroom pods (each containing, a sink toilet and shower) arrived on site.

Morrison Construction project director Philip Galbraith said: ‘‘We are delighted to celebrate these milestones as construction continues to progress well on site.

‘‘The programme for this project is phased, with different trades coordinated to work on sections of the building in a certain sequence. Currently, external walling and internal fit out are being undertaken at the far ends of the development while roofing works continue in the middle of the structure.

‘‘With the final bathroom pods delivered to site we will now be able to finish connecting these to the hospital rooms across the three floors of the development. The pods are being used for this project to save time and on site labour.’’

Richard Park, Hub South East’s operations director said: “It’s fantastic to see the progress being made on site on the East Lothian Community Hospital – our largest project under construction, and the biggest Hub deal signed to date in Scotland.

“After successfully delivering the new Outpatients department on time and on budget earlier this year, it’s great to see the completion of the steel structure of the remaining phase. We’re now another step closer to the overall Hospital becoming a reality and helping improve the healthcare facilities available to residents in East Lothian.”

Alison MacDonald, interim chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, added: “Construction of the new East Lothian Community Hospital has been underway in Haddington since the end of 2016. The work to date has seen the completion of a new car park and access road, new Out-Patients Department and the  demolition of some of the unoccupied buildings, including East Fortune House.

“The completion of this framework is a pinnacle point of the construction progress as it allows you to see the scale of the rest of the new hospital.

“NHS Lothian and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership continue to work closely with development partner Hub South East Scotland on the project and I am delighted with the progress the project is making.”

Works on the hospital began in January 2017 with the out-patients department officially opened in March 2018.

The full programme of works for the hospital re-development should be complete by early 2020.

Pupils give thumbs up for new Queensferry High School site

Education convener Cllr Ian Perry and vice convener Cllr Alison Dickie join Queensferry High School head of school David Williamson and local primary school pupils on the site of the new school

Excited primary school pupils were given an exclusive tour of the construction work at the new £40 million Queensferry High School yesterday.

The P6 pupils from local primary schools will be the first pupils to start S1 at the school which is due to be completed in Spring 2020.

Initial works on the school, being delivered by hub South East in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, started earlier in the year. The main building works, being delivered by Morrison Construction as the lead contractor, are now underway on the site.

The proposals include greatly enhanced sports facilities such as a larger games hall and a six lane swimming pool (increased in size from four lanes after taking into account community feedback), a new fitness centre, dance studio and floodlit 3G and 4G pitches.

The plans make many areas easily accessible to the public such as the assembly space within the school which is multi-functional with retractable seating that can be used for drama shows and film screenings. Similarly, areas like dining, CDT, food tech and art have been positioned so they can be easily accessed by the community for out of hours classes for maximum use of all these areas.

The new school is being built on the current school’s playing fields and, following completion, the old school will be demolished, with the area landscaped and a new pitch created on the site.

Local primary school pupils give the site of the new Queensferry High School the thumbs up

Councillor Ian Perry, convener for education, children and families at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It was great to see the construction work on the site progressing so well on our fourth new high school that we have built in recent years. This demonstrates our commitment to investing in our children’s education with the additional financial support from the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme.

“With the expanding population in Queensferry our exciting plans for the school will provide much-needed community facilities and many of the areas will be easily accessible to the public which I’m sure they will be delighted with.”

Councillor Alison Dickie, vice convener for education, children and families at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The new Queensferry High is a great example of how we are taking every opportunity to innovatively build schools for the future that are fit for 21st Century learning. An important element of the school design is the many aspects that support greater accessibility and inclusion for all young people.

“The learning support and guidance suite has been purposely designed with direct input from specialist staff and the interior environment, in terms of lighting and acoustics, furniture and decoration, has been designed to accommodate pupils with a wide range of needs.

“We will continue to develop the designs of our future school projects so they can support the needs of all learners and provide a much more inclusive environment promoting greater health and wellbeing.”

John Wood, head teacher at Queensferry High School, said: “The event marks a seminal moment in the new build as we progress from the planning stage to that of construction.

“It will be exciting to see the new school take shape over with innovative learning spaces and resources which will benefit both the school and wider community well into the 21st century.”

Roddy Clark, hub South East’s projects director, said: “It’s exciting to be on site now that main construction works have begun, with Queensferry High School now a step closer to reality.

“As well as providing high quality, modern facilities for pupils and teaching staff, the new school features a low carbon design. This will not only deliver energy efficiencies and satisfy increasing environmental targets, but importantly it should have a beneficial effect on the learning environment and educational attainment for Queensferry’s young people.”

David Wilson, Morrison Construction operation’s director, said: “We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with the City of Edinburgh Council and Hub South East as we deliver this education facility for pupils, staff and wider Queensferry community.

“Throughout construction we will continue to engage with all stakeholders while creating education and employment opportunities ensuring this project has a positive impact locally. On Friday we are hosting a Meet the Buyer event and soon West Lothian College pupils will visit site visits to learn about our industry and the opportunities it offers.”

Morrison Construction educates next generation about industry

Young people with charity Action for Children have visited Morrison Construction’s £18.9 million Wallyford Primary School project as part of a four-week employability programme.

Action for Children works with youth to help them overcome disadvantage, including providing employability support in partnership with local businesses.

The group of 12 young people from East Lothian who visited site are completing the Pave Your Way programme; gaining employment skills and construction industry qualifications before completing a work trial with a potential employer.

After a safety induction on site, the group enjoyed a tour of the site and asking questions about the project and the various tradespeople involved.

Morrison Construction project skills coordinator, Henry Lennon, who accompanied the Pave Your Way group on site, said: “Morrison Construction has a progressive community initiative programme and hosting Action for Children on site as part of the Pave Your Way programme is just one of our many local initiatives being carried out throughout the country.

“The tour was a fantastic opportunity to show young people interested in a career in construction around the site and to speak with experienced tradespeople about the career opportunities that exist in the industry.

“It was a fantastic learning experience for the group to see a live site as they complete this programme to secure employment in the sector. The group were very engaged during the tour and asked lots of questions, which was great to see.”

Wallyford Primary School is being developed with hub South East and East Lothian Council, with completion planned for early 2019.

Roddy Clark, project director for hub South East, said: “As well as delivering high quality community infrastructure, the ethos of the Hub programme is about providing real community benefits and we’re delighted to see this in action on site in Wallyford.

“Our client, East Lothian Council, is keen to ensure that as many local people as possible are benefiting from this significant investment in the area and involving local young people in site visits is just one of the ways in which we are ensuring this happens, alongside work experience, new jobs and apprenticeships.”

The new education facilities will replace the existing school at Salters Road.

Social enterprise supports construction trainees back in to work

Edinburgh-based construction social enterprise Rebuild is currently supporting five local trainees back in to work as they convert seven shipping containers into artist studios as part of a wider community regeneration project in Leith.

Rebuild supports individuals with barriers to work such as ex-offenders, formerly homeless, sufferers of PTSD and other mental health difficulties. They focus on helping those with barriers to work gain valuable learning, skills and self-confidence through live, on-site construction training.

Paul Hunter, founder of Rebuild, said: “The positive financial implications to the local economy made by supporting people with barriers to work are huge. For example; it is conservatively estimated that the savings made by keeping one individual with a history of offending, out of the criminal justice system are around £50,000 per year, factoring in the cost to keep a person in prison along with social work, legal aid and numerous other associated expenses.

“We work with our trainees with the view to helping them change their path and learn new skills that will help them towards a brighter more prosperous future. An important part of this is allowing them to earn money whilst they learn, so we support them by paying the living wage.”

Esther, a Rebuild trainee who has a history of mental health difficulties, has said of her involvement: “Rebuild has changed a lot for me. I have not been this happy concerning work for as long as I can remember.”

Rebuild founder Paul Hunter

The wider project, breathing new life into the old tram depot site on Leith Walk, is being funded by the Scottish Government (£750,000) and the City of Edinburgh Council (£530,000). Delivered for the council by development partner hub South East, with Morrison Construction the main contractor, the project will see an at risk building brought back into use, as well as providing much needed space for artists and other creative entrepreneurs, managed by art and education trust Out of the Blue.

Marcus Weurman, development manager with hub South East, said: “We engaged the team for the shipping container fit out through Rebuild as part of a wider regeneration project in Leith and we’ve been extremely impressed with the dedication and professionalism shown.

“We’re incredibly proud to be supporting this social enterprise in its first live project. Knowing that the trainees have grown in skills, experience and confidence during their time on site is fantastic. We’re in no doubt that these are just the first of many people Rebuild will go on to help and train in the future, providing invaluable opportunities and making a real difference.”

Cllr Kate Campbell, housing and economy convener, said: “There are five local trainees working with us through social enterprise, Rebuild, involved in this fantastic project. It’s a great chance to develop skills and gain experience. And once it’s complete there will be space for local artists and other creative entrepreneurs as well as much needed community space.”

Paul added: “The self-confidence and sense of self-worth that comes with learning new skills and immediately being able to see the results of that labour is something that helped me through a difficult time and turn a corner in my own life. I believe that if we can replicate that with even a fraction of our trainees, then we will make a lasting impact and help them positively improve their lives.”

Rebuild’s purpose is to help people in need to help themselves. They do this within a safe boundary and with professional expertise. The social enterprise focuses on innovating, repurposing, and re-skilling as a way of delivering economic, ecological and social value.

Edinburgh handover marks 25th Rising Rolls school extension

Some of the Primary 2 children at Currie Primary School outside their new classrooms

Five more primary schools opened new classrooms in Edinburgh yesterday marking the sixth successful year of the Rising Roll programme of school extensions with hub South East and Morrison Construction.

The schools involved in this year’s phase include Currie, Davidson’s Mains, Granton, Stockbridge and Trinity Primaries and the new space delivered means that increasing pupil numbers can be accommodated in modern, long lasting facilities within school grounds.

Richard Park, operations director, hub South East Scotland Ltd, said: “I am proud to be marking the sixth successful year working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council to tackle the issue of rising school rolls.

“In total we’ve now delivered 25 facilities on time and on budget through this innovative £22 million programme, providing quality, long term classrooms to tight timescales.

“We’ve had excellent feedback from staff and pupils about their new learning environments and we look forward to working on future phases, continuing this successful, collaborative effort.”

Cllr Ian Perry, education convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, added: “We have been proactive in tackling the challenge of rising schools for the past six years to ensure our pupils have the very best learning environment. This year five schools have benefitted from new classrooms, including our biggest single project of eight classes at Davidson’s Mains Primary School.

“The new buildings are a great example of how we have responded to accommodation issues by working with school communities to come up with suitable solutions. This council has led the way in Scotland in taking such an innovative and collaborative approach to tackling the issue of rising rolls and invested significantly in the new accommodation delivered.”

David Wilson, operations director for Morrison Construction, said: “We are very proud of the Rising Rolls programme.

“Work has progressed quickly and with minimum disruption to the teaching staff and pupils, who have been present while the work has been ongoing at each location. The teams have worked hard to get the new facilities completed in time for the 2018-2019 school year and we are delighted with the outcome.

“This programme isn’t just about bricks and mortar, but about investing in children’s education and supporting our schools to provide the best possible start in life for these young residents.”

£1.3m Leith regeneration project underway

Containers for artists and entrepreneurs arriving on site

Work has begun on site to breathe new life into the old tram depot on Leith Walk.

The £1.3 million regeneration project will bring an at risk building back into use as well as providing much needed space for artists and other creative entrepreneurs.

The project, being funded by the Scottish Government (£750,000) and the City of Edinburgh Council (£530,000) is being delivered for the council by development partner hub South East, with Morrison Construction the main contractor.

The at risk building on 165A Leith Walk is being stripped back to its shell internally and will be refurbished to create a temporary community services hub for the voluntary and public sectors. NHS Lothian and Capital City Partnerships are set to move in this Autumn.

The shipping containers, to be used by local artists and entrepreneurs, arrived this week. They will now be fitted out by social enterprise, Rebuild. The project is therefore providing much needed training opportunities during the construction phase.

When the containers are occupied, Art and Education Trust, Out of the Blue, will partner with the council to manage them as well as the community hub.

Work on the project, which is expected to be complete in the Autumn, will provide quality community space until a longer term plan for the site is found.

Cllr Kate Campbell, housing and economy convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This is an amazing project which has had a huge amount of community involvement.

“Leith Walk is one of the most densely populated and fastest growing places in Scotland, with a strong sense of identity and an incredibly engaged community. This project will create much needed space for local artists and other creative entrepreneurs as well as providing valuable community space. It is also great to see training and job opportunities as part of the project.”

Marcus Weurman, hub South East’s development manager, said: “Hub South East has been involved from the very start, proposing ideas for the development and helping the Council secure funding, so it’s exciting to have followed the journey this far and to see work start on site on the Leith Meanwhile project.

“This is true partnership working in action. It’s a real opportunity after 60 years to turn this site back into a space that can be used meaningfully for the benefit of the local community and we’re incredibly proud to be involved.”

Morrison completes new £32m West Lothian high school

Construction work has been completed on the new £32 million West Calder High School in West Lothian.

The keys to the state-of-the-art building were handed over to West Lothian Council on June 29 by developer hub South East and main contractor Morrison Construction.

The 1,100 capacity school is West Lothian’s biggest single investment in education and has been designed with the pupil experience at the core, as well as providing facilities accessible to the local community.

It has been delivered on time and on budget, with staff now getting the building ready for the first pupils starting at the new school in August.

Future pupils of the new school joined with West Lothian’s executive councillor for education David Dodds, hub South East’s chief executive Paul McGirk and Morrison Construction operation’s director Allan Cunningham to mark the special occasion.

Councillor David Dodds said: “We are delighted to receive the keys to the fantastic new West Calder High School, which we believe is the finest facility of its kind in the UK just now.

“West Lothian already has one of the best school estates in Scotland, thanks to ongoing investment, and West Calder represents the very latest in school design to boost the educational experience.

“Thanks to hub South East and Morrison Construction for their hard work in delivering a facility that will make a huge difference to the next generation of West Lothian young people.”

Paul McGirk from hub South East added: “I’m delighted to have handed over the keys to the new West Calder High School to West Lothian Council, on schedule, within budget and ready for pupils and staff to enjoy when school starts again in August.

“This project is an excellent example of partnership working in action, with a fantastic team working together to design, develop and deliver a truly inspiring new educational facility. We look forward to collaborating on future projects.”

Morrison Construction’s Allan Cunningham said: “In building this fantastic new school, we have delivered state-of-the-art educational, arts and sporting facilities that will benefit not only current and future students, but the wider community too.

“It is wonderful to know the project has been able to directly benefit the community, supporting six graduates, 71 new and existing trainees and apprentices, and creating 27 new jobs during construction.”

Financial close reached on £40m Queensferry High School

The new Queensferry High School project has reached an important milestone as financial close was achieved yesterday clearing the way for main construction works to begin, with the school due to be completed by Spring 2020.

The £40m school, is being delivered by Hub South East in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, with Morrison Construction appointed as main contractor.

Plans, approved by Council in January, include a new school, incorporating a sports hall and new 6 lane swimming pool (increased in size from 4 lanes after taking into account community feedback).

Externally there will be a new full sized 3G pitch for football within the site and access to a full sized 3G pitch for rugby and football off site (not linked with the application), as well as running track, long jump, shot put provision, rounders pitch and three hard play spaces marked out for basketball/netball.

The new school will be built on the current school’s playing fields and, following completion, 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: “A great deal of work has gone into the development and design of this project in the background, so reaching Financial Close is a significant milestone in making the new Queensferry High School a reality.

“We’re particularly proud that through this project, Hub South East is 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.

“This is just one of the ways we’re working with clients to demonstrate innovation and ensure we are bringing added value to the projects we deliver.”

Cllr Ian Perry, education convener of the City of Edinburgh Council, added: “With initial work having started on site last month, Financial Close means the main construction can begin on the new building which will provide a state of the art school for our young people and great community facilities.

“We have successfully worked with Hub South East Scotland before over the past seven years and are delighted to be working with the Scottish Government on this important project.”

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction managing director central building said: ‘‘This is a significant milestone for this fantastic project. We have a proud history of delivering state-of-the-art education facilities and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners Hub South East and the City of Edinburgh Council.

‘‘During construction we will continue our engagement with all stakeholders while providing education and employment opportunities to ensure the development has a lasting positive impact.’’

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, added: “Our management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets.

“As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.

“I am delighted to see Queensferry High School enter construction which is embracing lower carbon technologies to help towards other Scottish Government policy objectives and is an innovative example of delivering against one of the key programme principles of building schools which are greener, more sustainable and environmentally efficient.”

Hub South East appoints new chair

Paul Brewer

The directors of Hub South East Scotland have announced the appointment of Paul Brewer as the new chair of the board.

Paul has had a long and successful career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), recently retiring from his role as corporate finance partner.

Paul studied Law at Edinburgh University before becoming a chartered accountant, working in auditing, mergers and acquisitions and then public/private sector transactions. As a PwC partner and corporate finance adviser, Paul focused on infrastructure, energy and government, enabling companies and investors to successfully finance and deliver corporate investment and major infrastructure and service delivery programmes.

In addition Paul is chair of council at St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh.

Paul will take over from Jo Elliot, who has successfully led the Board since the company’s inception, when he leaves at the end of the month.

Paul McGirk, chief executive of Hub South East said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Paul to the Board. Hub South East is optimistic about the future, having recently won the accolade of ‘Sponsor/Developer of the Year’ at the prestigious international Partnerships Awards and having successfully delivered more than £260m community infrastructure projects, with a similar amount in construction or development.

“Relationships with clients are strong and Paul’s experience with both the public and private sector will serve us well as we continue to ensure the Hub programme is providing added value and innovative solutions for our public sector partners.

“Paul is focussed on making partnerships work well and this aligns with our vision in Hub South East to be our clients’ Development Partner of Choice. We look forward to working with Paul to take this aspiration even closer to reality.”

Paul Brewer said: “I’m joining Hub South East at an incredibly exciting time. It’s evident from the sheer breadth of work undertaken and the positive pipeline of upcoming projects that the partnership is working and I believe there are many opportunities still to explore.

“Investment in infrastructure plays a critical role in ensuring good quality outcomes for the public sector and supporting economic growth. I’m keen to ensure that Hub South East continues to build on the positive relationships it has established with client in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders, so we can contribute to such positive outcomes.”

Aged 57, Paul is married to Gillian and has three grown up daughters.

Deputy First Minister marks start of construction at Jedburgh Campus

(from left) Bruce Dickson of BAM, Cllrs Hamilton and Haslam, Sana Saukawa & Alice Hickson of Howdenburn Primary School, Kira Renilson & Harry Brown of Jedburgh Grammar, Ella McGovern & Ellie Scott of Parkside Primary School, Deputy First Minister John Swinney & Paul McGirk of hub South East Scotland

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has helped mark the start of works on the new Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus.

Mr Swinney joined pupils from Jedburgh Grammar, Howdenburn and Parkside primary schools and Scottish Borders councillors for the ground breaking ceremony for the innovative new facility on land at Hartrigge Park yesterday.

Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus will replace all three schools, with provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children alongside further education.

Community facilities will include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, 100m running track, external changing pavilion and rural skills area.

The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Mr Swinney in August 2017, as one of four projects to share £28 million from the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

The project is being taken forward by Scottish Borders Council, its development partner hub South East Scotland and appointed main contractor BAM, while enabling works are currently being carried out by Jedburgh-based contractor RJT Excavations Ltd, providing local benefits.

The main construction will begin in autumn 2018, with the project on programme to open to learners by March 2020.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I would like to thank Scottish Borders Council for inviting me to help mark the start of the process which will result in a fantastic new intergenerational campus that the whole community can be proud of.

“Learning and teaching in such an innovative and inspirational setting can make a real difference to education outcomes. That is why the Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland’s school estate, and through our £1.8bn Schools for the Future building programme, we are providing almost £18m towards this project.”

Artist impression of the entrance of the campus by architects Stallan-Brand

Councillor Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council leader, said: “This is another hugely significant day for Jedburgh.

“While it is hard to imagine at the moment, in two years on this site we will have a brand facility which will benefit generations of people in the town.

“Extensive consultations in the community showed the vast majority were right behind the plans for a new intergenerational campus, which will provide for 2 to 102 year olds, with further education opportunities and community facilities for the whole town.

“During construction, a number of community benefits will be delivered to support the local economy, with a local firm already involved in the project.”

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “It’s exciting to mark the start of construction on site for the new campus and to be part of the team welcoming the Deputy First Minister to Jedburgh.

“We look forward to working with Scottish Borders Council and our supply chain to deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience, fit for the needs of all generations.

“As a hub project we’re keen to ensure that a range of community benefits are realised throughout the build. I’m delighted to see Jedburgh based RJT Excavations is already benefiting from the opportunities available and we look forward to ensuring that even more local individuals and businesses can get involved during the delivery of this project.”

Plans for the new campus

Bruce Dickson, regional director, BAM Construction, added: “We were delighted to be selected to deliver this project by Hub South East and Scottish Borders Council and all of our team understand the importance of the new campus to the local community.

“It has been an impressive feat to get the project on site so quickly and demonstrates what can be achieved when everyone works in partnership to reach a common goal.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said: “Our expert management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets.

“As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.

“I am delighted to see Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus going into construction which is a shining example of what can be achieved with real cross-programme collaboration.”