James Gillespie's is top of the class

The new James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, constructed by Morrison Construction, won two top awards at the Scottish Property Awards (2 March).

Published: 07 March 2017
Capability: Building
Market: Education

The new school, which opened its doors to pupils in August 2016, won both Public Building categories – Architectural Excellence and Development of the Year.

The school, which was delivered through Hub South East Scotland and designed by JM Architects, presented a unique challenge for everyone involved – creating a campus of three new buildings (teaching block, sports and performance buildings) that would sit sensitively alongside the A-listed Bruntsfield House at the centre of the campus, which was also refurbished as part of the project.

Cllr Cammy Day, Education Convener for City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all those involved. It has been a unique education construction project in Scotland with new buildings across the nursery, primary and secondary schools and I know pupils, parents and staff are delighted with the facilities. This is the type of high quality learning facilities we want to deliver across the city.”

“This is a modern, fit-for-purpose educational site which is delivering an unrivalled learning environment for pupils of all ages. The project has given the James Gillespie’s school community a campus they can rightly be proud of and it will serve the community for many years to come.”

Galliford Try’s Facilities Management business is providing the ongoing hard facilities maintenance and lifecycle management services for the school for a 25-year concession period.