Home » Kier breaks ground on £65m Passivhaus school in Edinburgh

Kier breaks ground on £65m Passivhaus school in Edinburgh

by Sion Geschwindt
Kier has started work on the construction of a £65m secondary school in Edinburgh that will be built to Passivhaus standards.

Kier has started work on the construction of a £65m secondary school in Edinburgh that will be built to Passivhaus standards.

A new home for Currie Community High School is being built by Kier for City of Edinburgh Council and will be one of the first schools in Scotland to be built to this standard. 

The school will provide 1,000 student places, with three floors of teaching blocks, sports and leisure facilities, a swimming pool, and a café. 

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on site on Thursday this week, which saw the contractor host Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Scottish government’s cabinet secretary for education, along with representatives from the council, Scottish Futures Trust and the school.

Richard Cairns (Kier), Phil McDowell (Kier), Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Jenny Hutchison (headteacher) and Richard Long (Scottish Futures Trust) attend a ground breaking photocall
Richard Cairns (Kier), Phil McDowell (Kier), Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Jenny Hutchison (headteacher) and Richard Long (Scottish Futures Trust) attend a ground breaking photocall

The project has been procured through the Crown Commercial Services framework and is one of the projects in the first phase of the Scottish government’s learning estates investment programme. The project is divided into two phases with overall completion expected in early 2025.

Kier Construction regional director Phil McDowell said: “This is a really unique project, which not only creates an outstanding new school but also aligns to the council’s net zero targets. Everything about the new school has been designed with the focus of minimising energy usage and creating a healthy environment for generations to come.”

Jenny Smith, Currie Community High School headteacher, said: “It was great to be at the event this morning as everyone can now see the construction taking place on the site of the new school.”

Faithful & Gould is the council’s project manager and design team leader, while Architype is the architect, interior designer and client’s information manager.

Ann-Marie Fallon, Architype associate director, said: “Currie Community High School is an exciting and innovative Passivhaus ultra-low carbon school. As importantly, the school will offer beautiful, light filled and healthy learning places and become a vibrant community hub with outstanding health and fitness facilities and a Passivhaus swimming pool.”

Kier’s previous Passivhaus schemes in the UK include St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre and St Loyes extra care home, both in Exeter.

Main image: CGI of the new Currie Community High School buildings


Read next: Willmott Dixon starts work on £44m Passivhaus leisure centre

Are you a building professional? Sign up for a FREE MEMBERSHIP to upload news stories, post job vacancies, and connect with colleagues on our secure social feed.

Leave a Comment

Related News

Online building news, features and opinions

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More