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Top Marks for Hub South East as it Scoops Two Education Awards

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 @ 15:53

 

Hub South East Scotland, development partner to public sector clients in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders, scooped two awards at the inaugural Education Buildings Scotland Awards. As a team it won Consultancy of the Year, and in partnership with West Lothian Council, the West Calder High School project was successful in the Inspiring Learning Spaces category.

This double win came at the end of the first day of the Education Buildings Scotland Conference in Edinburgh, bringing education built environment and policy professionals together from early years, schools, colleges and universities to celebrate the success of various projects and initiatives across the country, as well as discussing how we can work together to ensure that all of Scotland’s learning environments are sustainable, inclusive and welcoming places that meet the needs of all who use them.

Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted with this double win at the Education Buildings Scotland Awards.

“It is clear from the sheer breadth of topics and speakers at this conference, as well as the number of high quality entries shortlisted for awards, that there is an enormous amount of high quality, innovative projects being delivered across the education sector in Scotland.

“Hub South East is proud to be playing its part in this and to be recognised as Consultancy of the Year is testament to the hard work of a dedicated team and the successful partnerships we have built with our clients.

“I am particularly pleased that West Calder High School won in the Inspiring Learning Spaces category – it’s a privilege to be entrusted to deliver West Lothian Council’s biggest single investment in education. The new school, designed with pupil experience at its core, will truly transform the learning journey, as well as providing a more accessible learning estate - which is at the heart of what we are collectively trying to achieve.”

West Lothian Council’s Executive councillor for education David Dodds said:

“I’m delighted that the new £32 million West Calder High School project has been recognised at the Education Buildings Scotland awards.

“West Lothian currently has one of the best school estates in the country, and this major investment will ensure we continue to provide our young people with the best possible environment for learning.

“The new West Calder High School has been specifically designed to encourage innovative learning, providing the right platform for our young people to achieve their full potential.”

 

ENDS

Notes to the Editor:

 

Hub South East Scotland

Hub South East Scotland Ltd was established in 2010 to provide development services throughout the Lothians and Borders. It was the first of five Hub companies to be set up across Scotland as part of a national initiative to develop cross agency community facilities which will support better joined-up public services.

Hub South East Scotland is a joint venture development partnership between public sector service providers (NHS, Councils, Emergency Services), Scottish Government (through Scottish Futures Trust) and a private sector consortium. Hub South East has already successfully delivered almost £250m of projects and is currently planning, funding, designing or constructing more than £300m, including schools, non-acute hospitals and community health centres.

 

West Calder High School

The new £32m West Calder High School is currently on site and when complete for the 2018/19 school year starting, it will provide an innovative, enhanced educational facility providing the optimum for improved learning and attainment.

The 1,100 pupil capacity school is being delivered by Hub South East, with Morrison Construction as the main contractor. Designed by Norr Architects, it will include a swimming pool, floodlit 3G sports pitch, and sports facilities for school and community use.

The new school has been designed with pupils needs at its core. The design has evolved with substantial input from educationalist to provide a quality, inspiring and flexible learning environment. The building project was seen as a key opportunity to link progressive educational strategies with re-imagining how the new school can better support modern learner demands.

See a Fly Through of the new school here.

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