Turf-cutting at Windygoul Primary School extension

East Lothian Council's Environment and Education convenors took part in a turf cutting ceremony today (14 January 2015) on the site of Windygoul Primary's School's new extension project with representatives from Hub South East Scotland Ltd and Morrison Construction.

Published: 15 January 2015
Capability: Building
Market: Education

Windygoul Primary School was opened by Alex Salmond in 2007 and has attracted national attention for its ecologically sensitive and energy-efficient build. It won the Carbon Trust Award (for Low Carbon Building) in 2008.

Since then the school has been extended by four permanent classrooms and four further temporary classrooms were erected in summer 2013 to meet the increasing roll, pending completion of the permanent extension which will provide a total of 25 classrooms, together with expanded dining area, additional general purpose rooms and ancillary spaces.

On completion of the extension, the temporary classroom units will be removed from the site. The design of the extension is sympathetic to the existing school with the use of materials such as larch timber wall cladding and sedum roof coverings.

Initial design proposals were prepared by the Council's Capital Projects team and agreed with East Lothian Council's Education Division. Hub South East Scotland Ltd, the Council's development partner, has been appointed to implement the project, with Morrison Construction as the preferred contractor. These extensions will be complete in time for the new start of term in August 2015. The project is budgeted at £3.8m.

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland, said:
‘A key aspect of the Hub initiative is working with our public sector partners to develop solutions which address future requirements. The school extension at Windygoul is an excellent example of this in action.

‘We are delighted that work has now begun on site and we look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with East Lothian Council, delivering a new modern facility which will meet the long term needs of both pupils and staff.'
Eddie Robertson, Regional Director, Morrison Construction Scotland - Central, said:
‘Morrison Construction is delighted to be responsible for the new build extensions to the existing Windygoul Primary School facility, another project in our very successful partnerships with both East Lothian Council and Hub South East.
‘Officially marking the start of work with a traditional turf cutting ceremony, we look forward to continuing this spirit of partnership and are confident that with our experienced and dedicated site management team we will deliver what we do best - that is, building quality facilities.'

East Lothian Council's Environment spokesperson, Councillor Norman Hampshire, said:
‘I am delighted that work is underway on this new extension, which will enable Windygoul Primary to continue to meet the demand for places. The school has gone from strength to strength in its first seven years and is a key part of the local community. That community is growing apace and Windygoul Primary is growing with it.'