James Gillespie’s Campus

Delivered through Hub South East Scotland Ltd, James Gillespie’s is an educational campus for more than 1,000 pupils aged 3-18, with a complex mixture of new build and refurbishment.

Client: The City of Edinburgh Council, through Hub South East
Value: £34m
Location: Edinburgh

Work on the campus began with the successful creation of two new classrooms and a gym hall for the primary school, as well as a new nursery in 2013.

Demolition of a number of high school buildings followed in 2013/14 as work began on a brand new teaching block.

This new facility, named the Malala Building by pupils, was handed over on time and to budget in April 2015. It represents the first revenue funded educational facility to be delivered through the Hub initiative in Scotland. Feedback on the facility has been fantastic, with staff and pupils enthusing about the new spaces created.

As part of the overall campus redevelopment, refurbishment of the Grade A-listed Bruntsfield House, in the centre of the site, was completed in 2015.

Morrison Construction then built a new sports complex with swimming pool, as well as an arts/performance complex. The entire campus was complete in time for the 2016/17 school year.

At the Scottish Property Awards 2017 the James Gillespie’s High School won ‘Architectural Excellence and Development of the Year’.

“I’m delighted to see the progress that has been made on this project, I know the staff and pupils are excited to be in the new teaching block, which is really impressive. This is a modern, fit-for-purpose facility which is unique in Scotland with its courtyards and collaborative break out areas and will deliver an unrivalled learning environment for pupils.”

Cllr Paul Godzik, Education Convenor, the City of Edinburgh Council.

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