Double award joy for hub South East

L-R: Hal Cruttenden (host), Joanne MacDougall (hub South East marketing and communications manager), Kevin Bradley (hub South East board member), Paul McGirk (hub South East chief executive), Tunca Ataoglu (regional director, EMEA – sponsor of award)

HUB South East is celebrating a double triumph at the Partnerships Awards 2018. The development partner to public sector bodies in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders won Gold in the Sponsor/Developer of the Year category, and Silver for the West Calder High School project in Best Social Infrastructure.

The annual awards are organised by Partnerships Bulletin and recognise the best in Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Entries were received for organisations and projects across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive said, “These awards are about pushing the envelope of PPP and being at the forefront of developing and improving market practice, so I am immensely proud of hub South East’s success.

“To be shortlisted amongst such stiff international competition is recognition in itself. But to come home with two awards is a significant achievement and is testament to the consistent and repeated high performance of the team, the strength of partnership with our clients and the quality and innovation demonstrated on projects throughout the south east of Scotland.

“I’d like to thank all those involved in the ongoing success of hub South East, embracing the true partnership ethos of the hub model and further strengthening our position as our clients’ development partner of choice.”

The £32 million West Calder High School, currently under construction, is a partnership project between hub south east and West Lothian Council, with Morrison Construction the main contractor and Norr the architects.

West Lothian’s executive councillor for education David Dodds added, “We are delighted that the new West Calder High School has won this prestigious award. The innovative project will deliver a fantastic new state-of-the art school for the area, and is the result of close partnership working between the council and our partners.”