Planning permission approved for Castlebrae High

THE green light has been given to a new 700-pupil (potentially rising to 1,200) capacity secondary school in the heart of Craigmillar.

The City of Edinburgh Council has announced the team to deliver the Castlebrae High facility will be development partner hub South East, alongside main contractor Morrison Construction.

A planning application was submitted after consultation with educationalists, service users and the local community. Approved plans including JM Architects’ design will see a new school built, featuring a 3G football pitch which will be available for use by the local community, as well as a community town square.

The project is due to be completed ahead of the school year beginning in August 2021.

Scott Brown, hub South East’s project director said, “We’re excited to have reached this key milestone of planning approval on the new Castlebrae High School. The new school will not only provide a modern learning estate for pupils and staff, but will be a fantastic asset to the community, contributing to the ongoing regeneration of the area. After successfully delivering a new high school campus and several primary school facilities for the council already, we look forward to working in partnership to make these Castlebrae High plans a reality.”

Councillor Ian Perry, education convener at the City of Edinburgh Council added, “It’s great news that this planning application has been given the green light and is a clear sign of our determination to provide young people with a first-class inclusive learning environment. I’m sure the Craigmillar community will be especially delighted as a new school has been discussed for many years but now it really is starting to take shape.”

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction MD Building Central commented, “We have a proud history of delivering state-of-the-art education facilities. We have a successful working relationship with our partners hub South East and the City of Edinburgh Council and we look forward to delivering another fantastic project together. We are delighted to soon begin work on site. During construction, we will continue our engagement with all stakeholders. As part of our progressive social value programme we will provide education and employment opportunities to ensure this development has a lasting positive impact for the community.”