Bertha Park High School

Sector: Education
Participant: Perth and Kinross Council
Location:  Perth
Capital Value:  £32.5m
Completion Date:  July 2019
Contract Dates: September 2017 to July 2019
Total Users / Residents:

1,100 students including 35 pupils with support needs

Local Employees:

134 of 168 

Project Information

The award-winning Bertha Park High School is the first non-replacement secondary school to be built in Scotland for 25 years. The school lies within the new village of Bertha Park, developed to address the growing demands of Perth & Kinross Council’s rising population. This allowed us to ‘start from scratch’ and build an iconic new school for the community on the of 20,000 m2 site.  

Over a four-week period we worked closely with the design team and our customer to deliver an affordable scheme that maintained the initial concept and design ethos.  

To avoid groundworks during winter we agreed a six-week enabling package where we reused c70,000 m

3 of excavated material from an adjacent site, creating additional value for the council.

Over its four floors, the sloping wedge-shape structure accommodates a variety of flexible, light-filled spaces and facilities including ampitheatre, classrooms, dining area, breakout spaces, sports hall and gym. Externally the full-size grass and synthetic football pitches, and multi-use games area offer a range of amenities for community use outside core school hours.  

Bertha Park was one of only 17 schools globally to be selected as a Microsoft Flagship School, using advanced technology to enhance young people’s learning.

Community Involvement

  • 85% of delivery came from SMEs, of which 69% were local
  • 24 work placements
  • 17 apprentices
  • 24 subcontractor operatives upskilled

Key Appointments

Contractor: Robertson Capital Projects/ hub East Central Scotland, Robertson Construction Tayside
Architect: NORR
Civil & Structural Engineer:  Goodson
Facilities Management: FES
IT: Thomas and Adamson
TA Johnston Houston
Client: Perth and Kinross Council 



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