New £28m community campus officially opens in Edinburgh

THE new £28 million Castlebrae Community Campus has officially opened in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh.

The community building on Niddrie Mains Road was delivered for the City of Edinburgh Council by hub South East Scotland in partnership with Morrison Construction as the main contractor.

The 700-capacity school, which has the potential to be extended to 1,200, opened to pupils and staff in April. It has been built in the heart of Craigmillar, next to the East Neighbourhood Centre and library and was developed after extensive consultation with educationalists, service users, and the local community.

At the heart of the design are a variety of spaces for learning activities to support ‘collaborative and inclusive’ practice, developing and enhancing strategies for continuing improvement in attainment and achievement.

There are three main learning plazas which provide opportunities for staff to plan innovative and creative learning experiences together in a bid to further develop and apply skills for learning, life, and work in different contexts for pupils.

An example of the shared use of the school spaces is the Science Super Lab Collaboration area which has already seen community and partnership use through the school’s working with Edinburgh University and the Bio Quarter.

Externally there is an extensive area of landscaped ground which is used for outdoor learning activities, as well as providing social areas and facilities for leisure and recreation. The entrance to the building is linked into a new community town square. There is also a 3G sports pitch which can be booked for community use out of school hours.

Scott Brown, hub South East’s project director, said, “We were delighted to be welcomed back to the Castlebrae Community Campus for its official opening and see the positive feedback from pupils, staff and the local community. We’re proud to have delivered this fantastic learning space for the City of Edinburgh Council, alongside our main contractor Morrison Construction.

“Importantly, in addition to the state-of-the-art building, the project realised a range of community benefits from apprenticeships and work experience, to donations of money and time for local projects. The social value delivered leaves a lasting legacy in the area and demonstrates the positive wider impact of projects being delivered through the hub programme.”

City of Edinburgh Council leader, Cammy Day, added, “We want all our schools to provide the very best learning environment for our young people. The new Castlebrae Community Campus is a great example of this with its collaborative learning plazas and breakout spaces and is an asset for the whole community to enjoy.

“The new school campuses we’re planning are innovatively and sustainably designed so they are inspirational places for learning for the next generation of young people in Scotland’s capital. That’s why we have a £500 million planned investment programme over this decade with a number of new schools already in the pipeline such as Liberton High School and Currie High School.”