Realising the Scottish Borders Council’s ‘School of the Future’ model, we designed and constructed three state-of-the-art high schools (Earlston, Berwickshire and Eyemouth) in the picturesque Scottish Borders. Part of a PPP scheme, we assumed full responsibility for the design, construction, finance and operation of the trio of major educational campuses, which provide much-needed shared educational and community space.
With a gross internal area of 38,775m2, flexible functionality is at the core of each campus and facilitates multi-use for learning, sport, performing arts, workplace training and conferences. As the local communities were engaged from conception through to completion, each campus exudes benefits beyond the brief and operates from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week.
Completed simultaneously on time and on budget, the project has delivered a stimulating and inclusive learning environment through the construction of state-of-the-art facilities including three individually designed high schools of two and three-storeys, community accommodation, sports and leisure areas and research space. Common construction materials were adopted and incorporated structural steel frames, precast and in-situ concrete floors and standing seam roofing.
Community engagement was the primary pillar of our approach and not only influenced the design, but also positively impacted upon the overall success of the project. A local office was opened, while design days, public presentations and a dedicated website informed opinion throughout the three-year process.
We utilised in excess of 92% of local labour, exceeding the 75% target, and employed approximately 290 people from the Scottish Borders region. Sustainability benefits of the BREEAM Excellent rated buildings encompassed natural ventilation and lighting systems controlled by BMS, rainwater harvesting, biomass boilers and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).
"This is the start of a new era for education in the Borders and it is all down to our ongoing ambition to deliver the best services we can and ensure our schools continue to benefit thousands of young people, their families and local communities in the future"