Kelso High School 'meet the buyer' opportunity for Borders contractors and suppliers

Contractors and suppliers across the Borders are being given the chance to meet Morrison Construction - the contractor appointed by Hub South East Scotland to deliver the new £21.8m Kelso High School.

Published: 07 July 2014
Capability: Building
Market: Education

Morrison Construction and Hub South East Scotland are hosting the meet the buyer event in the current Kelso High School, on Thursday 17 July, 3pm to 7pm.

The drop-in session will give local firms the opportunity to meet the people in charge of awarding contracts to suppliers in relation to delivery of the High School.

There are potential opportunities for individuals to find employment, training for young people and for companies to be involved either as subcontractors or suppliers during the main construction works. No appointment is required.

Those who cannot make the session can sign up with Morrison Construction to find out more about supplier opportunities by visiting: or

At the same drop-in session, members of the public will be able to look at the plans of the new High School which was submitted by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) last month.

SBC Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Stuart Bell, said: "The Council is committed to supporting local communities across the Borders throughout the construction and delivery of Kelso High School.

"Local firms attending the meet the buyer event can find out about work package contents for the new Kelso High School, the procurement policy and what training opportunities maybe available for young people.

"Morrison and Hub will also be able to give individuals advice on how their skills and knowledge can gain them work.

"I would encourage any local firms, individuals and young people to attend the event and find out more about getting involved in the new Kelso High School."

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland Ltd, SBC's Development Partner, said: "One of the key aims of the Hub initiative is to ensure the delivery of community benefits for local people and businesses. This includes a commitment to involving local SMEs in construction and to this end we are keen to attract as many people as possible to this event in the Borders.

"We would encourage suppliers and sub-contractors in the area to come along and find out more."

Derek Scotland, Project Director for Morrison Construction, said: "This event gives sub-contractors and suppliers an opportunity to register their interest in the Kelso High School project and potential upcoming projects in the region with Morrison Construction.

"We recognise the need to support and work with the local supply chain and this event will be attended by key decision makers and will therefore be a good opportunity for the supply chain to meet senior members of the Morrison team."