Award success for Jedburgh Grammar Campus
The Jedburgh Grammar Campus project was this week recognised at the Partnership Awards 2020 as it took home a silver award in the Best Education category.
Organised by Partnerships Bulletin, the Awards recognise and reward the best in Public Private Partnership projects. In this 22nd Year, the long running event to celebrate the industry’s achievements received entries for organisations and projects across Europe, the Middle East and as far as Australia.
The new £32 million Jedburgh Grammar Campus, completed in March 2020, is a partnership project between hub South East and Scottish Borders Council, with BAM Construction the main contractor and Stallan-Brand, the architects behind the design.
The Campus is an innovative learning space which serves 2 to 18-year-olds, as well as providing further education opportunities and community facilities. It replaces all three schools in the town and has the provision for nursery, primary, secondary and additional support needs pupils. Community facilities include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, 100m synthetic running track, 300m grass track and gym.
Alongside classrooms, there is a rural skills area and flexible hall space that can be used for multiple activities such as community events, sport, dance or drama classes and a café. The public library and contact centre are also be housed on the campus, which aims to cater for all ages of the community in one location.
Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “Winning an award in the Best Education category is recognition of the true partnership working, collaborative design, quality construction and social value delivered on the Jedburgh Grammar Campus project.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making this project a success. We’re particularly proud that we were able to demonstrate the flexibility and value of the Hub programme as discussions began from a standing start only 18 months before contract close (by which point construction had already progressed to steel structure stage).
“This is demonstrable evidence of what can be achieved when the true partnership working ethos of the Hub initiative is embraced, and we look forward to bringing this added value and innovation to future projects with clients as we continue in our efforts to be Development Partner of Choice for public sector organisations in the Scottish Borders and indeed, throughout the Lothians.”
Leader of Scottish Borders Council, Councillor Shona Haslam, said: “This award win is fantastic news and great recognition for Jedburgh Grammar Campus. The Campus is the culmination of some excellent partnership work over the past few years and we now have a first-class education setting for young people in the area from the age of 2 up to 18, as well as a facility that the wider community will benefit from and enjoy for years to come.”
BAM Construction Scotland regional director, Bruce Dickson, added: “We never set out to win awards, but to design and construct buildings that completely meet and, if possible, exceed, the requirements of our clients and the communities we build for.
“What we find, however, is that it is the buildings that not only do this, but are created by true partnerships with a value based outlook and delivered by teams who completely buy into both the project and local community ethos, are the ones that do.
“This award is perfect recognition that the Jedburgh Grammar Campus project delivered not only to expectations, but also on aspirations, and it was a pleasure to have been part of the Scottish Borders Council and Hub South East team.”