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First phase of plan awarded

ISG signed up for £4.8m George Watson’s extension

George Watson's extension

George Watson’s College extension (artist’s impression)


Construction services firm ISG has been appointed to deliver the first phase of George Watson’s College’s ambitious campus masterplan. 

The £4.8 million 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.

It is looking to expand its primary provision and provide better facilities for modern languages and music in the Junior School. 

The work is expected to be completed ahead of the academic year in 2019. The steel-frame extension will create a new reception, five classrooms, a music suite and a library with views to the Pentland Hills. While the refurbishment will 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. The landscape rises to the new front entrance providing level access for all, cementing the school’s ambition to create an open and welcoming environment for all pupils, visitors and staff.

Featuring precast concrete floors, curtain walling and timber cladding, the 11,500 sq ft extension has been designed to complement the 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: “This project is the first phase of a programme of upgrades and extension works, which will meet the increasing demand for pupil places.”  

The build 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. 

The co-educational school currently caters more than 2,400 pupils from nursery through to S6. 

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