Balfour bags £43m Scotland schools job


Balfour Beatty has been appointed to build two new primary schools in Scotland valued at £43 million. 

Credit: Balfour Beatty.

The schools, led by Hub South East, and located in Craighall and Blindwells, East Lothian, are needed to meet demand from ongoing and planned housebuilding in the area. 

The facilities will be built using Passivhaus principles, a quality assurance process for the design and construction of low energy buildings. 

Balfour will provide at least 20 employment opportunities for local people, as well as deliver employability workshops at schools and colleges. 

At peak construction it will employ 200 people, with 5 per cent of its workforce made up of apprentices, graduates and trainees. 

Construction is due to start next month, with completion expected in 2025.  

Hector MacAulay, MD of Balfour’s regional construction business in Scotland, said: “This latest contract award is testament to our expertise and experience in delivering high-quality, sustainable educational facilities in Scotland and our proven track record of giving back to local communities. 

“We look forward to working closely and collaboratively alongside Hub South East and East Lothian Council, to successfully deliver these new schools which will provide an exciting and inspirational learning environment for hundreds of children.” 

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