Tier 1 construction contractors have been appointed to deliver two new major school projects for Peebles and Galashiels following a thorough bid and evaluation process.
BAM Construction Ltd will be responsible for the construction of a new state-of-the-art campus in Peebles, replacing the High School which was seriously damaged in a fire in late 2019, whilst Morrison Construction has been appointed to deliver the Galashiels Community Campus, a replacement for the outdated Galashiels Academy building.
Scottish Borders Council has also confirmed the continuation of their partnership with development partner Hub South East who will oversee both projects through the various development phases.
Both contractors will begin to familiarise themselves with the respective construction sites, stakeholders and designs that have been developed to date with planning applications due to be submitted next year.
A period of further design development for the projects will then follow with construction works anticipated to commence at both sites in late 2022.
Scottish Borders Council has placed a major focus on investing in the futures of young people in recent years and a learning estate programme was created to prioritise the accessibility of high-quality educational facilities across the Borders.
As a part of this effort to modernise the school infrastructure, Galashiels Academy and Peebles High School had been identified as two priority projects.
In the last five years new school facilities have been built for Kelso – Kelso High School – and Jedburgh – Jedburgh Grammar Campus, both successfully delivered in partnership with Hub South East.
Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: “The appointments of BAM Construction and Morrison Construction as tier 1 contractors and the announcement of our continued partnership with Hub South East marks an important step in the progression of these two major projects.
“We believe their respective track records in successfully delivering projects of this scale can help the Council achieve its ambition of providing world-class education facilities for young learners across the Borders.”
Greig Jamieson, Hub South East’s Commercial Director, said: “Hub South East is excited to continue working with Scottish Borders Council, a partnership that has already successfully delivered a number of impressive educational facilities, most recently the fantastic Jedburgh Grammar Campus.
“We are proud to be entrusted with this significant investment in learning estate in the Borders, delivering these new facilities as part of the Scottish Government’s Learning Estate Investment Programme.
“We look forward to building upon the Council’s aspirations and making these a reality for both Galashiels and Peebles.”
Martin Cooper, Construction Director for BAM, said: “BAM are delighted to have been selected for the construction of the new Peebles High School.
“Not only will we deliver very sustainable, highly modern and extensive facilities for students and staff, but BAM will use our time here to work with the community and local firms to make sure we give something back beyond creating a great building.
“It’s a great opportunity for us all and we will be reaching out to our partners so that we can all make the most of it.”
Eddie Robertson, Managing Director of Morrison Construction Building Central, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this fantastic new project in Galashiels.
“We have a strong track record in delivering major new education campuses in partnership with Hub South East, and we very much look forward to working again with Scottish Borders Council to provide high-quality facilities for local students and the wider community.”