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Ingredients for transforming the performance of schools

Speaking at hub East Central Scotland’s unique #placesforlearning event, Professor Stephen Heppell, one of the UK’s most influential academics in the field of education and technology, outlined his thoughts on a range of ingredients for transforming the performance of schools and other learning institutions: Around the world the pressure on schools for improved performance grows. Because children deserve the very best chance at learning, this is not unexpected. Each school, community and their contexts are unique and will create a unique “recipe” from these “ingredients”. Taking a cue from Olympic sport, with its philosophy of seeking each and every available…

Kinross Primary School Opened

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney MSP officially open the new Kinross Primary School, providing modern, state of the art education facilities for local children. Kinross Primary School has been part of a multi-million pound programme jointly funded by Perth & Kinross Council and the Scottish Government, as part of the Council’s wider investment in the school estate in Perth and Kinross. Mr. Swinney said: “My thanks to Perth & Kinross Council for the opportunity to officially open the new state-of-the-art Kinross Primary School, which learners, staff and the whole community can be proud of. “It is great to see the…

MORE AWARDS FOR DUNFERMLINE CARNEGIE LIBRARY AND GALLERIES

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries has been recognised once again with the SPACES Award for Civic Building of the Year along with the Heritage Award. SPACES is the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying and its awards are the only ones solely dedicated to rewarding excellence and innovation in construction projects delivered within the Public Sector.  The awards are not purely about design but also recognise the importance of team play and delivering a project that meets the brief on time and budget. The latest awards follow some other prestigious recognition for this project, completed by hub…

WORK STARTS ON DOUNE HEALTH CENTRE

Work is now underway to construct a new health centre for Doune and the £2.7 million development is expected to be operational in 2019. The project is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland with Hadden Group as the main contractor. The new health centre replaces a smaller building which has become overcrowded due to the growing population of the village. It will see a wide range of services delivered locally. These include physiotherapy, podiatry, counselling and could include services to support people with long term conditions such as diabetes, dementia and COPD (a common respiratory disease).  In addition, there…

KEYS HANDED OVER IN STIRLING HEALTH & CARE VILLAGE

A young trainee site manager had the honour of handing over the keys for the new Bellfield Centre, marking the completion of another hub project. Kieran Day, a 21 year old trainee with Robertson, was one of hundreds of construction staff involved in building the flagship Centre which forms part of the new £37m Stirling Health and Care Village. The new Centre will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation for older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Services will be provided in a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment to help older people recover, regain their independence…

Work starts on new shared campus accommodating Hayshead and St Thomas Primary Schools

Construction has started on on the new £14.1 million shared campus for Hayshead and St Thomas RC Primary Schools and early years facility. The new campus is being built on the playing fields at the current Hayshead Primary School, allowing both Hayshead and St Thomas Primary Schools to remain operational throughout the construction period and reducing the impact on pupils and staff. Children and Learning Convener, Councillor Derek Wann said: “I am delighted that this work is underway. The new-build sees a fantastic new shared campus and early years facility in Arbroath and will serve our community now and also for generations…

Topping out ceremony for new £32.5m Bertha Park School in Perth

  Scotland’s first brand new school in more than 20 years has celebrated a significant milestone. A topping out ceremony was held for the under-construction school at Bertha Park, located on the northern outskirts of Perth. The £32.5m project is being led by hub East Central Scotland on behalf of Perth & Kinross Council with Robertson serving as main contractor. Construction began in November 2017 with the project due for completion next summer ahead of the 2019/20 school term. Built to cater for Perth’s growing population in its new Bertha Park residential development, the school will eventually accommodate around 1100…

Tullibody South Campus Reaches Key Stage

The Tullibody South Campus project has reached an important milestone as Financial Close has been achieved,  clearing the way for main construction work on the £15m campus to begin. Construction on the building is due to be completed by August 2019, and it is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council,  with Robertson Construction appointed as the main contractor.  The project is being part funded by the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future and Early Years  programme and by the Council. The project will deliver two schools, Abercromby Primary School, St Bernadette’s RC Primary School and a Nursery. The…

HUB PROJECTS WORTH OVER £600 MILLION

The value of hub East Central Scotland community infrastructure across Perthshire, Tayside, Forth Valley and Fife has grown to £617 million, of which £340 million is now open and operational. The organisation’s latest annual report shows that during the year 5 new schools were completed across the region, along with a unique project to refurbish and rebuild the historic Perth Theatre. Hub has now successfully delivered 28 new infrastructure projects for health, education and cultural bodies as well as emergency services. Projects worth  £108 million are currently under construction and support over 23,000 jobs, of which almost 12,000 are employees…

KEYS HANDED OVER FOR NEW GP AND MINOR INJURIES CENTRE

A young apprentice had the honour of handing over the keys for the new GP and Minor Injuries Centre, delivered by hub, which will open to patients in August 2018. Ruairi Gallagher, an apprentice heating engineer with FES and apprentice of the year at Glasgow Kelvin College, was one of hundreds of construction staff involved in building the flagship Centre which forms part of the new £37m Stirling Health and Care Village. The purpose-built new Centre will provide more modern, spacious accommodation for a number of existing health services on the Stirling Community Hospital which will transfer to the new…