New Classrooms open their doors at Edinburgh primary schools

Morrison Construction has successfully completed and handed over a total of 18 new classrooms to Hub South East Scotland Ltd helping the City of Edinburgh Council tackle the pressing issue of rising school rolls.

Published: 14 August 2014
Capability: Building
Market: Education

Working on behalf of Hub South East Scotland Ltd, the Council's development partner, this is the completion of the £3.4m phase two of the programme of extensions for existing Edinburgh Primary Schools, with phase onep seeing three new extensions last year.

This year, Morrison Construction has delivered four new buildings providing 18 high quality classrooms at Victoria, St David's RC, Craigour Park and Broughton Primary Schools. These were delivered in time for the 2014/15 school term and are now ready to welcome pupils and staff.

Victoria Primary School had a special opening ceremony where David Wilson, Project Director for Morrison Construction handed over the keys to the new facility.

David Wilson said, "We are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with the City of Edinburgh Council and Hub South East Scotland Ltd and have successfully together, for the second year running, completed the construction of additional classroom space to meet the happening needs of the schools involved with regard to rising school rolls.

"We hope the pupils and staff will enjoy their first academic year in the brand new facilities."
Laura Thomson, head teacher at Victoria Primary School, said: "There's a real buzz of excitement around the school with the new classrooms opening. Staff and pupils have watched them being built over the past few months so to start teaching in them will be great as they will provide a bright and stimulating learning environment. The children are so excited about starting the school year in their brand new classrooms."

Jo Elliot, Chair of hub South East Scotland Ltd, said: "This is the second year running that we have successfully delivered additional classrooms on schedule and on budget for the City of Edinburgh Council, and we are proud to have played our part in finding innovative solutions to assist with the issue of rising school rolls.

"Last year's projects were very well received, and this year we've kept the same high quality design and construction, whilst reducing the cost for the Council. We look forward to continuing this successful working relationship in future phases, ensuring staff and pupils benefits from modern, fit for purpose facilities."