Cooper Cromar in collaboration with BAM Construction have delivered the first two exemplar secondary schools from the Scottish Government’s £1.2 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.
The Lasswade Centre in Midlothian was officially opened on 30 October by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, and Eastwood High School in East Renfrewshire was opened by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Sciences and Scotland’s Languages.
Spearheading the programme, which is being managed by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), the pilot project is the first time two Scottish Councils have come together to procure new schools, successfully pushing the boundaries of joint working and establishing a best practice model for use across the programme.
Diane Leask, Quality Improvement Officer, East Renfrewshire Council said: “At Eastwood High School, Cooper Cromar have been involved in delivering a superb building that provides a flexible, stimulating and inclusive learning environment for both pupils and staff, with excellent state-of-the-art educational & sports facilities. I am sure it will benefit and inspire all who use it and will make a real difference to the community.”
Maurice McCann, Project Manager, Midlothian Council commented: “Cooper Cromar has delivered a building that is inviting, uplifting and cleverly executed, linking a bright and stimulating learning environment with an assortment of community facilities that will inspire and benefit all who use it.”
Further to the success of the two pilot schools, Cooper Cromar are currently leading the concept design of two further schools as part of the programme.
The Practice is actively working with Hub South East, Scottish Borders Council and Midlothian Council to deliver new schools at Kelso and Newbattle.