Scottish Borders High Schools

A ‘new era’ for education in the Scottish Borders

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Project Overview

Client Scottish Borders Council
Project Value £73.5m
Expertise Building
Sector Education
Timeline October 2006 - February 2009
Location Scotland
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Project summary

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. GRAHAM and Bilfinger Berger BOT Limited formed the consortium, Scottish Borders Education Partnership Limited, to deliver the design, build, finance, and maintenance of the trio of major educational campuses, which provide much-needed shared educational and community space. Finance was provided by Prudential. 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.

The detail

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 - Earlston Campus (£28.4m/15,076m2), Berwickshire Campus (£24m/12,873 m2), and Eyemouth Campus (£21.1m/10,803m2).

Common construction materials were adopted and incorporated including structural steel frames, precast and in-situ concrete floors and standing seam roofing. Community engagement was the primary pillar of our approach. This not only influenced the design, but also positively impacted upon the overall success of the project

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“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.”

David Parker, Scottish Borders Council