£40m new Queensferry High School handed over

THE £40 million Queensferry High School has been completed ahead of the start of the new academic year.

Delivered for the City of Edinburgh Council by development partner hub South East, with Morrison Construction as the main contractor, the facility includes a sports hall, six-lane swimming pool, and a number of areas which will be accessible to the public in due course.

The school has been built on the old school’s playing fields. Now that the build is complete, the old school will be demolished, with the area landscaped and a new pitch created on the site.

Roddy Clark, hub South East’s projects director said, “Managing a project through completion and handover during a pandemic has been a challenging experience but the dedication and hard work of all parties, and the positive partnership working demonstrated, has resulted in a high quality, state-of-the-art educational facility which will benefit pupils, staff and the local community.

“hub South East is particularly proud to be leading the way in realising progressive government policy aspirations in relation to low carbon, as the new school is receiving funds through the Scottish Futures Trust to ensure a low carbon design. Ultimately this will not only satisfy increasing environmental targets but should have a beneficial effect on the learning environment and educational attainment as well as life cycle costs of the building.”

Eddie Robertson, MD of Morrison Construction Building Central added, “I’m delighted that we have finally been able to handover this fantastic new facility after the limbo period of the lockdown. As a business we have an excellent track record in education building and the new Queensferry High School will only add to that reputation. I can only congratulate the team for their efforts and we look forward to them maintaining that high-quality through the second phase.”