Contract awarded for £15m Edinburgh community hub build

Image credit: Richard Murphy Architects

ROBERTSON Construction has secured a £15 million contract for the build of a new community hub at Macmillan Square in Edinburgh.

It forms part of the City of Edinburgh’s ongoing regeneration programme in the north of the capital.

Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, the hub will accommodate an early year’s centre for 185 children, a new library, café, and will provide an additional space for North Edinburgh Arts.

It will act as the ‘flagship’ building at Macmillan Square, which is currently having 154 affordable homes and 13 retail units built at the site. Work to demolish the existing Muirhouse Library at the site commenced in October, with the build of the new facility to start in April.

Regional MD of Robertson Construction Central East, David Cairns, said, “Having worked closely with City of Edinburgh Council over the last 24 months to assist bringing Macmillan Square forward, we are delighted to be to the contractor of choice to make this innovative vision by the council a reality. The building will undoubtedly be a fantastic facility for the community when complete and our planned programme of community benefits during the construction phase will bring further benefits to the area socially, economically and environmentally long after the building is completed.”

City of Edinburgh Council leader, Adam McVey, added, “The new building is an important part of the £200 million regeneration of Pennywell and Muirhouse that’s already seen significant investment by the council and its partners, including Scottish Government, to build new council houses and affordable homes and a community with strong local facilities in line with our aspirations for 20-minute neighbourhoods.”