Deanestor wins £1.8m fitout contract for £60m multi-school campus

Artist impression of Winchburgh Academy

Morrison Construction has awarded a £1.8m furniture and fitout contract to Deanestor for a new £60m multi-school campus in West Lothian. The project is Deanestor’s 12th contract for Morrison.

Due for completion in 2022, the new Winchburgh campus near Edinburgh is being delivered by Hub South East Scotland for West Lothian Council and will provide two new secondary schools, a primary school with an early years facility, and a sports and wellbeing hub.

Deanestor will fit out over 340 rooms across the campus, manufacturing bespoke furniture in a light maple wood finish. The contract includes the provision of over 300 base cabinets, 940m of white laminate worktops, over 1km of adjustable shelving, 16 teaching walls, 215 resource storage units, as well as write-on teaching aids, shoebox storage units, and wall cupboards.

David Wright, Construction Manager at Morrison Construction, said, “Deanestor has successfully delivered a number of education contracts for Morrison, including the award-winning Barony Campus in Cumnock, East Ayrshire and more recently at Calderwood Primary School, which like Winchburgh, was for West Lothian Council.

“Their team has an impressive track record in fitting out complex multi-school campus projects and a good level of technical competence in the design, manufacture and installation of furniture for large-scale education schemes.”

Ramsay McDonald, Managing Director of Deanestor Scotland, said, “We are delighted to have secured our 12th project for Morrison Construction. This latest Scottish education project reaffirms our specialist capabilities – from school furniture design and manufacture to project management, logistics, procurement, and installation.”

The centralised teaching aids for each classroom will incorporate tall resource storage cabinets at either side and a central interactive LED panel. Deanestor’s contract also includes the procurement of chairs, classroom tables, modular seating for breakout areas, lockers, noticeboards, whiteboards, and dining seating solutions across the campus.

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the secondary schools – Winchburgh and Sinclair Academies – will initially serve up to 660 non-denominational and denominational pupils respectively.  Facilities include art zones and studios, breakout spaces, dance and drama halls, exhibition areas, general classrooms, science laboratories, assembly halls, hub rooms, offices, library, meeting rooms, outdoor learning areas, and a sports centre.

The interior of Winchburgh Academy will have a contemporary design with a master palette based on shades of green, grey, and light wood furniture, and four other colour themes reflected in soft furnishings for different parts of the school.

JM Architects are designing the new Holy Family Primary School and nursery. The primary facilities will have flexible play and learning spaces, reception, dining/assembly hall, courtyard, and multi-use games area for outside play.

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