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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.”

Morrison begins final phase of Inverness flood scheme

The final phase of works to alleviate flood risk to the communities of Smithton and Culloden has begun.

Morrison Construction is now on site for the largest phase of the Smithton & Culloden Flood Protection Scheme which will protect 129 properties that would otherwise be at risk of a flooding during a “once-in-200-years” event.

The works as part of this final phase will complement those undertaken in earlier phases and include the replacement of a culvert between Lochlann Court and Redburn Avenue, the creation of flood storage areas in Culloden Park and Smithton Park, the removal of a culvert beneath Smithton Park and the removal of a culvert between the railway at Murray Terrace and Smithton Park.

The Scottish Government is funding 80% of the project costs with Highland Council providing the remainder.

Vice chair of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee and local ward councillor, Trish Robertson, said: “The council gave a commitment to do all we could to reduce flood risk in the area and these new site works once complete will be key to making the community safer from potential flooding.”

Councillor Robertson joined the Provost of Inverness Cllr Helen Carmichael for a visit to the site yesterday to meet the team from Morrison Construction who will be carrying out the work.

Morrison Construction, which has experience in construction of flood schemes, most recently in Moray, will be undertaking various community initiatives during the contract. These will include providing updates at community groups, attending schools to engage with children in relation to the construction and by providing work placement opportunities and apprenticeship opportunities for senior high school pupils and university students.

Morrison Construction managing director infrastructure Scotland, Jim Steele, said: “I am delighted to be here to celebrate this exciting milestone for a scheme that will provide vital flood defences to protect the Smithton and Culloden communities.

“As a local company we have a successful working relationship with The Highland Council and look forward to further collaboration to deliver this important infrastructure.

“Throughout construction we will continue to engage with all stakeholders while creating education and employment opportunities to ensure the project has a lasting positive impact for the community.”

The majority of works are due to be complete by the summer of 2019. There will be a noticeable increase in traffic due to the construction vehicles and there will be necessary traffic lights and pedestrian diversions at various locations throughout the works. The council and Morrison Construction will work closely to ensure that disruptions are kept to a minimum.

£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.”

Mental health service gets accommodation moved by Morrison Construction

Renovations at the Scottish Association for Mental Health’s Redhall Walled Garden mental health service in Edinburgh have been given a boost after Morrison Construction organised a crane lift to move new accommodation into place.

Managed by SAMH, the service takes its name from the 18th-century wall that surrounds most of the six-acre garden. More than 50 trainees from Edinburgh attend the service to learn horticulture and computer skills while gaining therapeutic and social benefits from working in the garden.

A day of labour and resources was donated by Morrison Construction’s Water business and its subcontractor James Jack Lifting Services, a division of Ainscough Group, to lift and reposition two portable cabins at the garden. Both cabins, one already in use at the garden, were carefully lifted and moved near the 18th-century garden wall.

Team members from Efficient Service Delivery (ESD); a joint venture between Morrison Construction’s parent company Galliford Try, Black & Veatch and Stantec were also in attendance at the crane lift. ESD head of safety, health and environment Michelle Cranston brought the renovations at the garden to the attention of Morrison Construction colleagues.

The cabins will now be renovated to provide a kitchen and dining space for trainees and staff with views across the garden.

Morrison Construction water operation’s director, Steve Slessor said: “As a values-driven business Morrison Construction is committed to giving back to the communities we work in wherever possible.

“Our staff undertake mental health training with SAMH but we learnt about the important services Redhall Walled Garden provides from ESD colleagues who undertook their annual volunteer days here. It is a pleasure to help the staff at the garden progress with these renovations, which we look forward to seeing, once completed.”

Redhall Walled Garden team leader Nicola Cole said: “We would like to thank Morrison Construction for organising this crane lift, as it has allowed us to better support those who attend the service for their mental health. Redhall offers training in horticulture, conservation, maintenance and life skills and this space will help us deliver this in a welcoming and open space.

“Now we can move forward with our renovations, upgrading our facilities to provide the best environment for trainees and staff whilst delivering the best possible mental health services at the garden.”

hub South West concludes ‘highly successful’ Women into Construction course at New College Lanarkshire

Participants (from left) Kerrie-Anne Tidser, Hollie McArthur, Helena Montague and Nicole Scott with their certificates

hub South West has concluded its first highly successful eight week introductory course aimed at getting more women into the construction industry.

In partnership with its main contracting partners – Kier, Graham, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall – hub South West supported the Women into Construction course, facilitated by New College Lanarkshire.

The course, which had no formal entry requirements, was open to young females, and provided a National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts. The successful students can now progress to pre-apprenticeships or move into a professional career route at higher national certificate level.

Throughout the course, which included painting and decorating, masonry work, carpentry and joinery as well as visits to live construction sites, ambassador talks, visits to design offices at regional headquarters, CSCS specific safety training and work placements, students had the opportunity to visit sites managed by the supporting contractors, where they observed a variety of construction roles in action.

Margaret Milton, community benefits co-ordinator at hub South West, said: “As an organisation which actively promotes the ethical and sustainable development of the construction industry, hub South West has been pushing hard to see a significant rise in the numbers of young women realising the fantastic career opportunities ahead of them within what has been, traditionally, a male-dominated industry.

“The course caught the young women’s interest from the start. They quickly formed a collegiate, supportive environment where each participated fully in their efforts to find out more about the career opportunities available to them and I’m proud to have taken part.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said: “Our continuing drive to show young females the possibilities of a career in construction is an aspect of hub South West’s work. I take pride in. It’s important that young people, regardless of gender, see the bright future they can have through a career in construction.”

hub South West was established in 2012 to deliver value-for-money on public sector community-based infrastructure across Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Since then it has successfully carried through to completion projects to the value of £380 million.

Morrison Construction’s Tornagrain project recognised with CEEQUAL award

Morrison Construction has been awarded an Excellent Construction Award from CEEQUAL with a score of 82.5% for the Tornagrain Pump Away Scheme.

The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Awards Scheme (CEEQUAL) is an international sustainability scheme delivered by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) under the certification business BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which evaluates, rates and recognises infrastructure projects.

The three-year project in the Highlands involved complex waste water works to future-proof prime development land, while connecting the new town of Tornagrain, the nearby Inverness Airport Business Park and Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The CEEQUAL assessment scored the project at 100 per cent in the areas of people and communities, land use and landscape, historic environment, water environment and transport, contributing significantly to the final score. The Tornagrain project was also recognised earlier this year, winning Gold and Silver at the Considerate Construction Scheme National Site Awards.

Morrison Construction Water Scotland operation’s director, Stephen Slessor, said: “Being awarded an Excellent Construction Award from CEEQUAL is an achievement to be proud of and I would like to congratulate everyone involved.

“The high score we achieved during assessment demonstrates the dedication of our highly-skilled team to deliver quality infrastructure projects, which benefit the communities we work in many years into the future.”

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.”

State of the art Renfrewshire campus handed over ahead of new school year

Staff at St Paul’s Primary School and Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Foxbar were given a sneak preview of their new shared £8.5 million shared campus last week.

The facility will open to pupils and children in the new school year in August and staff were invited on a tour to familiarise themselves with the new school site.

It was designed by Renfrewshire Council’s property services team following two years of engagement with the school communities and provides learning environments fit for modern and flexible teaching.

St Paul’s will house 212 pupils, while an integrated communication unit has space for a further 24 at the shared campus, which was handed over by contractors Morrison Construction to Renfrewshire Council last week.

The Early Learning and Childcare Centre has capacity for 80 pre-five children while an adult learning and literacy centre can house up to 10 students.

Staff and children at St Paul’s got a say on the new campus colour scheme, choosing the red and grey school colours in the social and reception areas and pale greens and grey in the learning spaces to provide a calm environment. They also had input in furniture choices and outdoor facilities.

Head teacher of St Paul’s, Louise Maher, said: “It’s fantastic to come on a tour with staff and see the finished building ahead of welcoming children and pupils back in August.

“We are especially excited about seeing all our ideas become a reality as well as looking forward to the next chapter of school life in our wonderful new space. We can’t wait to move in.”

The campus features outdoor learning spaces, including a canopied area designed for use by smaller groups of pupils to carry out a range of activities such as science experiments.

All formal learning spaces link directly to covered outdoor spaces, which, in turn, connect to outdoor play areas.

There is an all-weather sports surface and a forest area where children can create ‘mud kitchens’ and allotments.

The building is on one level and has access to the pitch from the gym, as well as a bike and scooter rack to encourage children to ride to school, with the artwork designed by one of the pupils.

The playground has graphics and games painted into the ground surface and as well as a gym, a centrally located studio provides space for dance and movement classes.

Renfrewshire Council’s education convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “We are investing in a number of new build schools that also invest in our children and teachers.

“We are committed to ensuring our children and young people have the best learning environments so they can achieve their full potential and St Paul’s shared campus is a great demonstration of this.

“It’s a campus fit for the 21st century, with classrooms which are internet ready and will accommodate the use of modern teaching aids.

“With outdoor learning an instrumental part of the school curriculum, pupils also have access to external spaces which allow them to engage with the world around them.”

Morrison Construction’s managing director for Central Scotland, Eddie Robertson, said: “What better way to celebrate handing over the keys to this fantastic school than to welcome teachers with a tour of the high-quality education facilities we have delivered.

“We are proud of the lasting benefit this project will provide the community, which positively impacted on the local economy by supporting 14 work placements, five apprenticeships completions and creating seven new jobs during construction.”

Diageo invests £6.4m in new technical centre of excellence

Ewan Andrew and Alan Kennedy look at plans for Diageo’s on-going investment in Scotland

Drinks giant Diageo has started work on a new state-of-the-art technical centre of excellence in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, as part of its on-going investment in its business in Scotland.

The company has broken ground on the £6.4 million project construction on the new centre that will upgrade facilities for its whisky blending, science & technology and materials testing teams.

Careers in science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM) are crucial to Diageo’s business and the new centre at Menstrie will provide world-standard facilities for the company’s industry-leading scientists. It will also be a hub for innovation, not just in the spirits industry, but in environmental sustainability in manufacturing.

To be delivered by Morrison Construction, the new centre of excellence builds on Diageo’s extensive footprint in Clackmannanshire, which includes the company’s largest warehousing site (Blackgrange), cooperage (Cambus), coppersmiths (Abercrombie in Alloa) and global brand archive (Menstrie).

The investment was warmly welcomed by local representatives as positive news for the local economy.

Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, said: “This announcement from Diageo of a £6.4m investment in their site at Menstrie is fantastic news for Clackmannanshire and will be a boost to both the local and Scottish economy.

“As the MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, I welcome this further evidence of Diageo’s commitment to the local area.”

Luke Graham, MP for Ochil & South Perthshire, said: “It’s great to see more investment coming to the County. I was lucky enough to visit the Menstrie site earlier this year and see first-hand the jobs and apprenticeships created by Diageo.

“Following HM Government’s freeze on whisky and spirit duty, it is good to see businesses with the confidence to invest in our area. I look forward to continuing to work with Diageo to continue to attract further investment in the future.”

Ewan Andrew, director of Diageo International Supply Centre, said: “Our Technical Centre in Menstrie is a crucial part of our business globally, delivering excellence in science and innovation.

“This investment will create new state-of-the-art facilities for our talented team of whisky specialists and scientists to enhance the industry-leading work they do on growing and protecting our business around the world.”

The technical centre is home to teams who work across Diageo’s global brands, including Johnnie Walker, Bell’s, and J&B Scotch Whiskies, Smirnoff & Ciroc Vodka, Tanqueray & Gordon’s Gin, and Captain Morgan Rum. The new technical centre is being built on an area of unused land adjacent to the company’s existing Technical Centre, which will continue to operate as normal while the new facility is built.

Demolition works mark first milestone for new Ayr Grammar

Pupils from Ayr Grammar were among the VIP guests to mark the start of demolition works. The old concrete extension (centre) will be demolished as part of proposals to refurbish the main building

The first steps in a project to deliver a new home for Ayr Grammar Primary School have now been taken with the 1930s extension at the back of the old Ayr Academy being demolished.

With Ayr Academy’s history dating back to 1233, the current Fort Street building has been a local landmark since 1880. Ayr Academy as a school relocated to its new home at Craigie Estate in summer 2017. This new project will see the historic buildings completely refurbished and remodelled to create an inspiring, modern facility with a bright new entrance connecting the school, early years and community facilities.

The proposals involve the demolition of obsolete extensions at the back of the school, a move that will create external space for playgrounds, external teaching and car parking. The work on this phase is expected to be completed by February 2019.

The project also builds on the historic heritage of the site, with the new development including a new home for South Ayrshire Council’s Archive and Registration Services.

The large grey concrete extension (seen on left) is being demolished

The project is being delivered through hub South West, which has appointed Morrison Construction, and a design team led by BDP Architects.

Councillor Peter Henderson, portfolio holder for resources and performance, said it was encouraging to see work underway: “We’re committed to providing the best possible start in life to our young people, with education playing an important role throughout their lives.

“The school has been a local landmark on Fort Street for generations and we’ve now started the journey to secure a long term future for this much loved building.

“The demolition of the old 1930s blocks will open up the site and pave the way for a safe place for our children to play in, as part of the wider proposals being considered.”

If approved proposals would see the old Ayr Academy refurbished as a new home for Ayr Grammar Primary

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of development partner hub South West, added: “It’s fantastic to see enabling works now progressing on this exciting and innovative project that will regenerate one of the most iconic buildings in the seaside town.

“Having delivered the new and re-located Ayr Academy in partnership with South Ayrshire Council in 2017, we’re pleased to be continuing our work to redevelop the school’s old home into the new Ayr Grammar and Archive Centre.”

Morrison Construction operation’s director, Allan Cunningham, added: “It’s an exciting milestone for this project as demolition works begin on site. We look forward to continuing our relationship with South Ayrshire Council and Hub South West and will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure works are undertaken with minimal disruption.”