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Council agrees plans to build intergenerational campus in Jedburgh

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to proposals to build an intergenerational learning campus in Jedburgh and formally close the existing nursery, primary, secondary and specialist provision in the town.

Stallan-Brand Architects, working alongside the council, hub South EastBAM and TGP, are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

A statutory consultation on the plans was undertaken between 8 May to 18 June 2017, with feedback received incorporated into a report that was approved by the council’s executive in November 2017.

The proposal will result in the permanent closure of Jedburgh Grammar as well as the nursery and primary provisions at Howdenburn and Parkside schools.

Howdenburn Schoolhouse will also be closed and the educational support for secondary aged pupils with additional support needs transferred to the new campus.

The school catchment zones for Howdenburn Primary, Parkside Primary and Jedburgh Grammar will be rezoned to the new campus. This will also be the case for the Ancrum Primary P6 and P7 pupils who currently transition to Parkside.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “I am delighted that we now have full agreement to these proposals and can progress with our plans to create this unique and much anticipated replacement school provision for Jedburgh with the educational opportunities that it has potential to provide for people of all ages.

“There has been extensive consultation and public engagement throughout the process as it was important to make sure that pupils, family members, staff and the wider Jedburgh community were fully engaged with the proposals. We would like thank everyone who took part for their responses and the support we have received. We now look forward to working together and making this vision a reality.”

The Scottish Government has been informed of the council’s decision and now has an eight week period of further consideration. Members of the public are also entitled to submit any further representations directly to the Scottish Government during the three week period from Thursday 21 December to Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Double education win for hub South East

Richard Park (operations director) and Paul McGirk (chief executive) from Hub South East (middle two) picking up the Consultancy of the Year Award

Richard Park (operations director) and Paul McGirk (chief executive) from Hub South East (middle two) picking up the Consultancy of the Year Award from hosts and sponsors

Public sector development partner hub South East Scotland scooped two awards at the inaugural Education Buildings Scotland Awards.

As a team it won Consultancy of the Year, and in partnership with West Lothian Council, the West Calder High School project was successful in the Inspiring Learning Spaces category.

This double win came at the end of the first day of the Education Buildings Scotland Conference in Edinburgh, bringing education built environment and policy professionals together from early years, schools, colleges and universities to celebrate the success of various projects and initiatives across the country, as well as discussing how we can work together to ensure that all of Scotland’s learning environments are sustainable, inclusive and welcoming places that meet the needs of all who use them.

Elaine Cook (depute chief executive - West Lothian Council) and Paul McGirk with the Inspiring Learning Spaces Award

Elaine Cook (depute chief executive – West Lothian Council) and Paul McGirk with the Inspiring Learning Spaces Award

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted with this double win at the Education Buildings Scotland Awards.

“It is clear from the sheer breadth of topics and speakers at this conference, as well as the number of high quality entries shortlisted for awards, that there is an enormous amount of high quality, innovative projects being delivered across the education sector in Scotland.

“hub South East is proud to be playing its part in this and to be recognised as Consultancy of the Year is testament to the hard work of a dedicated team and the successful partnerships we have built with our clients.

“I am particularly pleased that West Calder High School won in the Inspiring Learning Spaces category – it’s a privilege to be entrusted to deliver West Lothian Council’s biggest single investment in education. The new school, designed with pupil experience at its core, will truly transform the learning journey, as well as providing a more accessible learning estate – which is at the heart of what we are collectively trying to achieve.”

West Lothian Council’s executive councillor for education, David Dodds, said: “I’m delighted that the new £32 million West Calder High School project has been recognised at the Education Buildings Scotland awards.

“West Lothian currently has one of the best school estates in the country, and this major investment will ensure we continue to provide our young people with the best possible environment for learning.

“The new West Calder High School has been specifically designed to encourage innovative learning, providing the right platform for our young people to achieve their full potential.”

Offsite Solutions to supply bathroom pods for East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital 3Bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions has been awarded a supply contract for the new £70 million state-of-the-art East Lothian Community Hospital.

The firm will provide 134 factory-built bathroom pods for the 22,000sqm community hospital in Haddington. The units will be supplied without floors to allow for continuous level flooring throughout the wards and avoiding the need for thresholds to make the bathrooms fully accessible.

Designed to meet HTM requirements, each of the large 2.6m x 2.2m pods will easily accommodate a patient and a carer, and will have a wider pre-prepared aperture for two door leaves for easy access. The wash basins, toilets and showers will be pre-installed in the Offsite Solutions’ factory in Somerset and the easy-to-clean, hygienic walls will be finished in white with a feature wall from a range of colours.

The scheme has a complex phased construction to allow the continuation of clinical services in the existing hospital buildings on the site. As a result, the bathroom pods will be installed in batches throughout 2018.

Morrison Construction was appointed principal contractor for the project by hub South East Scotland on behalf of NHS Lothian. When completed, the new facility will increase inpatient beds by around 60% to enhance the quality of care for the people of East Lothian.

Commenting on the specification of bathroom pods for this project, Paul Godwin, design manager at Morrison Construction, said: “Having the bathrooms arrive on site as a finished product gives us the benefit of a significant programme saving and this use of offsite construction means we need less labour on site, which is safer and more efficient.”

David Small, partnership director at East Lothian Health and Social Care, added: “I am impressed with the way work on site is forging ahead. People in East Lothian will benefit from having this state-of-the art facility, which will help us to deliver more services much closer to home.”

When operational, the new East Lothian Community Hospital will provide a range of community-based services including a mental health inpatient unit, elderly medicine, orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation, medical assessment inpatient ward, therapy services, outpatients department, endoscopy and minor operations.

Geology-inspired Jedburgh schools campus plans submitted

Jedburgh School

(Image: Scottish Borders Council)

Plans have been lodged by Scottish Borders Council to demolish a primary to make way for a new facility merging three schools in Jedburgh.

Working alongside Borders Council, Hub South East, BAM and TGP, the team are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

The project is one of four to share £28m from the latest phase of the Schools for the Future programme.

It would see Parkside Primary knocked down and merged with Howdenburn Primary and Jedburgh Grammar on a campus for children aged two to 18.

Stallan-Brand Architects, which has submitted the plans on behalf of the local authority, said: “The strong banding makes reference to the horizontal layering of Jedburgh Abbey, and the roof-forms create a distant character to the building which reacts the vernacular of the Jedburgh townscape of roofs and spires.

“The intention is to integrate planting on, and around, the wall forms to reinforce the concept of the landform drawn from the hillside.”

If the project receives approval it is hoped the new facility at Hartrigge Park could be open by 2020.

Health secretary adds final touches to roof on £70m East Lothian Community Hospital

(from left) Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd; Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction; Shona Robison; David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Peter Murray, chair of East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Iain Graham, NHS Lothian

(from left) Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd; Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction; Shona Robison; David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Peter Murray, chair of East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Iain Graham, NHS Lothian

Cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport, Shona Robison, marked the progress of works on the new £70 million East Lothian Community Hospital by joining guests on the roof of the nearly complete Out-patients Department.

The programme of works is seeing a modern and purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington, helping improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.

Shona Robison adding the final roofing to the top of East Lothian Community Hospital Out-patients department

Shona Robison adding the final roofing to the top of East Lothian Community Hospital Out-patients department

Ms Robison said: “This new hospital brings state of the art facilities to East Lothian, allowing many people in the area to be treated closer to home.

“This is an important step forward for the communities in East Lothian and we are a step closer to seeing this new facility become a reality.

“The Scottish Government is investing over £1.2 billion on the NHS estate over the next three years. Our investment in these new facilities will help us to achieve our ambition of transforming the way health and social care services are delivered, keeping NHS Scotland at the forefront of delivering world-class care.”

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The progress to date shows the significant scale of the development and the plans for enhancing more joined-up health and social care services through the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership are taking shape.

“The new facilities will see a return of some services to East Lothian with an increase of 60 percent of inpatient beds. With the help of our patients, this project will allow our staff to continue to provide safe, effective healthcare and rehabilitation.

“Throughout the extensive planning process we listened to what mattered most to people and with the invaluable input of the community, patients and their families, third sector organisations and staff we will have a facility we can be proud of.”

The redevelopment of the hospital site is being undertaken in partnership with hub South East Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction the main contractor.

Cab%20Sec%20looking%20over%20roof%20side%20with%20representatives[1]Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd, NHS Lothian’s development partner, said: “Having been involved in this project since the early stages as Hub South East helped drive plans for the redevelopment, it’s fantastic to see the progress being made on site.

“This is our largest project to begin construction, and the biggest Hub deal signed so far in Scotland. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian to ensure that patients will benefit from modern, fit for purpose facilities and the community will benefit from investment in the local area.”

Morrison Construction managing director, Eddie Robertson, said: ”It is great to see the shell of this major infrastructure project substantially complete, giving people a visible reminder of this much-anticipated community facility. Seeing the hospital take shape is creating a lot of fresh interest in the local community and among healthcare staff.

”Progress on the site is continuing to gain momentum with works on the roofing, external walls and the internal fit out all underway.

“We are also thrilled to be working with pupils from six local high schools to help them gain a solid grounding in the skills demanded by the modern construction industry, including mentoring support, on-site experience and work placement opportunities. Attracting the very brightest and creative young minds into the built environment sector is essential to the health and vibrancy of this critical industry.”

Work on site has already delivered a new car park and the new Out-Patients departments should be open as early as 2018. Construction work on the remainder of the development will be complete in 2020.

Government releases £28m tranche of ‘Schools for the Future’ funding

(from left) Back row: Depute Head Boy Tom Balderston and Skye Patterson of the Jedburgh Grammar senior hockey side. Middle row: Greig Jamieson of hub South East Scotland; Jedburgh Grammar Headteacher Susan Oliver; Councillor Carol Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council's executive member for children and young people; Martin Cooper of BAM Construction. Front row: Harry Brown, Jedburgh Head Boy; Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Borders Council's convenor Councillor David Parker and Jedburgh Grammar Head Girl Kira Renilson

(from left) Back row: Depute Head Boy Tom Balderston and Skye Patterson of the Jedburgh Grammar senior hockey side. Middle row: Greig Jamieson of hub South East Scotland; Jedburgh Grammar Headteacher Susan Oliver; Councillor Carol Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for children and young people; Martin Cooper of BAM Construction. Front row: Harry Brown, Jedburgh Head Boy; Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Borders Council’s convenor Councillor David Parker and Jedburgh Grammar Head Girl Kira Renilson

A £28 million investment will be shared between four new schools as part of the fifth phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

The new projects will see Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus replace Jedburgh Grammar School, Parkside and Howdenburn Primary Schools, in the Scottish Borders and Sighthill Community Campus replace St Stephen’s Primary School and St Kevin’s Primary School in Glasgow.

Underbank Primary School and Walston Primary School in South Lanarkshire will also be replaced.

The funding will take the overall number of schools being delivered to 116 and benefit over 60,000 pupils across Scotland.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney made the announcement during a visit to Jedburgh, where proposals for the new intergenerational campus include sports facilities and a community hub, alongside education provision for two to 18 year olds.

Mr Swinney said: “We originally aimed to build or refurbish 55 schools across Scotland at the outset of the programme in 2009 and have now more than doubled that commitment.

“These new buildings will provide children and young people with inspiring learning environments and some also include facilities for wider community benefit and use that will be enjoyed by generations to come.

“The projects are also a welcome boost to the local economy, creating apprenticeship opportunities for young people and construction jobs across the country.”

According to Mr Swinney, the £28m has become available due to the Scottish Futures Trust’s (SFT) monitoring of the programme budget and contingency, enabling more schools to be built for the same government funding.

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said:  “We’re absolutely delighted that by careful management of the budget and programme, four more schools are to be built from the existing programme budget.

“This will benefit 1,000 more pupils and will take them out of poor condition schools and allow them to learn in well-designed, fit-for-purpose schools aligned to modern teaching methods.”

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The Jedburgh campus is to be located in land at Hartrigge Park, subject to planning permission being granted. Work is due to start in Spring 2018 and is expected to last 18 to 24 months.

The project will see Scottish Borders Council team up with development partner hub South East Scotland, while BAM Construction have been announced as the appointed contractor.

Greig Jamieson, hub South East’s commercial director, said: “This is a major investment in education for our client, Scottish Borders Council, and we are delighted to be working in partnership to ensure its successful delivery.

“The new Jedburgh Campus will provide a modern learning experience, fit for the needs of all generations, and as we develop this exciting project, we look forward to ensuring that the community will benefit from investment in the local area.”

Martin Cooper, construction director at BAM Construction, added: “This is our first appointment by Hub South East since joining its supply chain earlier this year and we were absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to bring our experience to their team on this state of the art learning campus that will be a massive asset to both Scottish Borders Council and the local community.”

SES top of the class with £10m Midlothian school M&E contracts

Newbattle High School - Teaching Block - Kern Fitzpatrick - 3 March 2017

Newbattle High School

Engineering specialist SES Engineering Services has secured two mechanical and engineering (M&E) contracts worth approximately £10 million to deliver two new schools and community centres.

Continuing its well-established relationships with main contractor Morrison Construction and end-client Midlothian Council, SES will deliver full M&E services for both the Loanhead Centre in Loanhead and the Newbattle Community Campus in Dalkeith, the latter of which is being delivered through the council’s development partner hub South East Scotland.

The landmark Newbattle Community Campus project includes a community centre, sports hall and swimming pool, providing much needed facilities and space for the local community. The £34m campus is due to be opened in spring/summer 2018 and the new secondary school will house around 1,200 students.

The Loanhead Centre will be part of a £15.4m community facility featuring a leisure centre, library and health centre in the heart of the town, a new state-of-the-art primary school which is a replacement and an enlargement of the existing Paradykes Primary School, currently located across the road from the site.

These wins represent a major milestone for SES’ Scottish operation and is testament to the company’s reputation for delivering innovative, cost and time saving offsite manufacturing solutions to a number of education and public sector projects.

SES’ dedicated offsite manufacturing facility, Prism, which provides an innovative alternative to labour-intensive, time consuming on-site production and assembly will be used on the projects, with 177 prefabricated modules set to be installed on site.

Recent projects for the firm include Edinburgh University’s £25m project to establish a world-leading Data Technology Institute and the Queensferry Crossing, the new replacement road bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland’s largest infrastructure investment in a generation.

Colin Walker, SES’ business director Scotland and major projects, said: “The successful collaboration between Morrison Construction and SES was vital to secure this second project for Midlothian Council, which is striving to improve and expand community facilities in the area.

“This continued partnership will greatly contribute to the goal of achieving project completion and delivering stand-out new schools and community centres for the people of Loanhead and Dalkeith.

“These projects represent two of a number of public sector and education projects that we are currently working on in Scotland as we expand our operations here and we are proud to be making a difference delivering buildings that will have a real impact on people’s lives.”

Public private partnership award for East Lothian Community Hospital

(from left) Eddie Robertson (Morrison Construction), Steve Shon (NHS Lothian), Paul McGirk (Hub South East), Miriam Anderson (NHS Lothian), David MacDonald (Scottish Futures Trust)

(from left) Eddie Robertson (Morrison Construction), Steve Shon (NHS Lothian), Paul McGirk (Hub South East), Miriam Anderson (NHS Lothian), David MacDonald (Scottish Futures Trust)

The East Lothian Community Hospital project has been recognised at the Partnerships Awards in London with a Silver award in the Best Healthcare category.

The new hospital is being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner, hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction appointed as the main contractor. The programme of works will see a modern and purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington, helping improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.

Now in its 19th year, the Partnerships Awards, organised by Partnerships Bulletin, is the largest event recognising and rewarding the best in Public Private Partnerships and attracted entries from across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australasia and Asia.

The submission for Best Healthcare focussed on the development and delivery of the project and included innovation, design quality, delivering value for money and of course partnership working between the public and private sector.

East Lothian Community Hospital 3The judges were impressed with the quick procurement process that demonstrates how a well-thought-out PPP project can achieve sustainability while delivering best value for money. They also praised the scheme’s approach to risk assessment and procurement, which they said boosted its efficiency and contributed to the creation of a cost-effective asset.

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that the East Lothian Community Hospital has been recognised as an excellent example of true public private partnership working. Our submission demonstrated how together we are meeting and indeed exceeding project milestones, delivering value for money and identifying innovative solutions which have ultimately allowed the design and start of construction of a high quality, modern hospital which has patients’ needs at its heart.

“This is hub South East’s largest project to begin construction, and the largest hub deal signed so far in Scotland. It’s been a real team effort and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian and our supply chain as we successfully deliver this important facility for the East Lothian area.”

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said:  “The partnership was praised for its approach to risk assessment and procurement and the quick procurement process.

“We are delighted by this achievement and look forward to the construction of the new community hospital continuing on site until 2019.”

Partners involved in the East Lothian Community Hospital project include:

  • Client – NHS Lothian
  • Development Partner – Hub South East Scotland
  • Tier 1 Construction Contractor – Galliford Try Building Ltd T/A Morrison Construction
  • Project Sponsor – Galliford Try Investments
  • Senior Debt Funding Partner – Nord/LB
  • Tier 1 FM – Galliford Try FM
  • Cost Consultancy / Project Management / Principal Designer – AECOM
  • Architect – Keppie
  • Health Care Planners – Capita
  • M&E Consultant – Rybka
  • Civil & Structural – Mott MacDonald

Footage shows progress at new Borders school sites

Langlee

A series of new videos and images have been issued to show the progress at a series of new school projects across the Borders.

Footage and photos from the sites of the new Broomlands and Langlee primaries and Kelso High give pupils, staff, parents and the community the chance to see how each facility is developing.

Videos of Langlee and Kelso are available at Scottish Borders Council’s YouTube Channel.

New photos of Broomlands and Langlee primaries, alongside previous images of Kelso High and Duns Primary, are available at SBC’s Flickr page.

Langlee Primary

The new £10m school is fast heading towards its opening, with an expected completion in summer 2017.

The new facility – which is adjacent to the current school building – will include 14 classrooms, sports hall, outdoor MUGA sports pitch, a centre for children with severe and complex additional support needs and provision for early learning and childcare.

Three new jobs have been created during construction by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey, while two unemployed people also received work experience on the site.

In addition, McLaughlin and Harvey hosted pupils from Langlee last year who received a safety tour of the site, while the company has engaged with Langlee Residents Association.

Kelso High

Work on the new school on the northern side of the town is still on course to be completed by autumn 2017.

The £22.5m project will have extensive sport facilities for students and the community to use as well as an eco-garden pond, orchard, allotment, outdoor classroom and arts and craft garden.

The school is being funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Futures Trust. It is being developed in partnership with Hub South East Scotland and its appointed contractor Morrison Construction.

Six new jobs have been created directly and indirectly thanks to the Kelso project, while Morrison have engaged with over 700 students at visits to Borders College and local schools. The site has also welcomed nine work experience placements for school pupils, college students and job centre clients.

Over 90 students and staff have also visited the Nethershot site from schools to learn more about the construction industry, while Morrison have engaged with Kelso Community Council in an effort to identify projects they could support.

Broomlands Primary

Broomlands Primary in Kelso will see 12 new classrooms, an early years centre, a new games hall/dining room and upgraded playground created.

Contractors McLaughlin and Harvey started work on the £9.7m school in October 2016 and are still on track to have the facility ready for pupils in 2018.

Duns Primary

The £8.6m project is on course to be completed in summer 2017.

SBC is working alongside development partner hub South East Scotland on the new school, which will see the primary school relocated to the former High School building, as well as the creation of a new Berwickshire Locality Support Centre.

The project is part funded by the Scottish Futures Trust, with Graham Construction contracted by Hub to carry out the work.

Six new jobs and six new and existing apprenticeships have already been created thanks to the Duns project, while Graham Construction has engaged with over 300 pupils in visits, as well as supporting four work experience placements.

An SBC spokesperson said: “These videos and images provide pupils, parents, staff and the local community with a great insight into how each new school is progressing.

“We have already seen the new Leader Valley additional needs school at Earlston open in February, and it is exciting to know that these four new schools will soon be providing new, modern facilities for our young people and communities.”

Scotland-wide hub programme supporting over 9,000 construction jobs

East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital

The value of community-based facilities under construction across the Scotland-wide hub programme has reached £1.16 billion and is supporting over 9,000 jobs, figures published today by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) have revealed.

Within the hub programme, nearly 40 schools are under construction along with several community health facilities and care homes.

Major projects being built include:

  • East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington – £69m
  • Anderson High School in Lerwick – £55m
  • Stirling Care Village – £36m
  • Waid Academy in Anstruther – £24m
  • Largs Academy – £43m
  • Barrhead High School – £23m

SFT leads on the delivery of the hub programme which operates across five geographical territories in Scotland.

In each territory, the local authorities, NHS boards and other participating public bodies have teamed up with a private sector partner to form a joint venture company known as a hubCo that develops and delivers a diverse pipeline of community infrastructure projects.

hub SFT March 2017To date, over 100 projects have been completed which are providing new and inspiring environments for the benefit of communities.

David MacDonald, hub programme director at SFT, said: “The hub programme is a unique way of delivering best-value community facilities that provides the public sector with a quick and efficient way of getting their projects into construction.

“Integral to the hub programme are community benefits. So far, 153 new graduates and over 770 new apprenticeship and trainee positions have been created which represents a considerable contribution to the skill-base supporting Scotland’s economic development.”