New £28m Portobello High School in Edinburgh

Balfour Beatty has commenced work on the new £28m Portobello High School in Edinburgh, after many years of planning by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Start of works was celebrated recently with a sod-cutting ceremony at the site of the new school, which will be the largest secondary school in Edinburgh with space for 1,400 pupils.

Balfour Beatty is responsible for the design and construction of the new three storey school which will have a total floor area of approximately 16,800m2. In addition to providing state-of-the-art teaching facilities, the school will have both  indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including a swimming pool and two all-weather pitches , enabling all curricular PE to be provided on site, rather than pupils being bussed off-site as currently happens.

The local community will also benefit from the new facilities which will be open for community use outside school hours, with local residents able to book the sports pitches free of charge as part of the compensation measures put in place to replace the loss of the existing park.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener of Education, Children and Families, said: “This is a key milestone in the Portobello project and many people in the local area will be delighted to see work finally starting on their new high school.  I look forward to seeing the new school which will open its doors to pupils in August 2016.”

Murray Easton, Balfour Beatty Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be starting construction of the new Portobello High School. We look forward to continuing to work with the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver a state-of-the-art school with educational facilities that give people the best opportunities to both teach and learn. During the construction period we will engage with the local community to keep them updated with the progress of the works and to deliver community benefit targets leaving a lasting legacy for the area.”

The new school is scheduled to be open for pupils in August 2016.


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