ISG has been appointed to deliver the initial phase of George Watson’s College’s ambitious multi-million-pound campus masterplan
The £4.8m contract will see ISG deliver a new-build extension at the Edinburgh school, as well as carrying out refurbishments to the existing building over the next year.
The work is expected to be completed ahead of the new academic year in 2019.
The steel frame extension will create a new reception, five classrooms, a music suite and a library with views of the Pentland Hills.
The refurbishment will also see ISG remodel the existing interior of the Upper Primary building, providing modernised toilets and main thoroughfare.
The new stone-faced extension designed by Page\Park Architects will be a gateway to the Primary School from Myreside Road.
Featuring precast concrete floors, curtain walling and timber cladding, the new 11,500 sq ft extension has been designed to complement the existing Upper Primary building, providing a variety of interior “breakout” spaces for innovative learning and teaching.
Andy McLinden, managing director for ISG’s North and Scotland business, said: “George Watson’s College has an excellent reputation as one of Scotland’s leading independent schools, and this project is the first phase of a programme of upgrades and extension works, which will meet the increasing demand for pupil places.
“Our international education sector credentials and expertise working in live heritage settings will prove essential in the delivery of this complex project.”
The building project forms part of the school’s campus masterplan, which was developed in conjunction with its pupils, teachers and parents in a drive to visualise the future of the 50-acre campus.
The masterplan will see the school upgrade its science, art, drama, sport, and food technology provisions in later phases.