Council reassured over quality of new Anderson High School
Reassurances have been given that the new Anderson High School is being built to the highest possible standard.
That follows the emerging row about the build quality of Edinburgh schools, of which many are under scrutiny.
Members of today’s Shetland Islands Council education and families committee heard there were no safety concerns surrounding any schools in the isles.
Seventeen school buildings in Edinburgh were closed amid major concerns over the standard of the construction work.
The 10 primaries, five secondaries and two additional support needs schools in the capital which have been shut down were all built under the same public private partnership contract.
SIC director of children’s services Helen Budge said the Scottish government had written to all all local authorities, urging them to ensure their school buildings were built to a good enough standard.
She said the £55.75 million high school and hall of residence project was “financially secure”.
“Hubco have said repeatedly that the Anderson High School is the most scrutinised project that they have,” Mrs Budge told members.
The high school’s project manager, Trevor Smith, insisted the building was not a “copied, or regurgitated design”. The school, he said, took account of the comparatively harsh conditions.
“The building is designed for the Shetland climate,” he said.
Current construction works ongoing relate to the basic primary structure. Mr Smith said cladding works would follow into the early summer.
The meeting heard that extensive surveys already took place locally, which meant that no additional checks would be required. Council estates executive manager Carl Symons said officials knew of no structural issues.
The reassurances come after experienced architect and Shetland West councillor Frank Robertson praised the high school project at the previous education and families meeting.
Speaking at the time Mr Robertson described the work being carried out by Morrison Construction as being of “an extremely high standard”.
Addressing members today, chairwoman Vaila Wishart said: “I think what we’ve heard is quite reassuring. This is one of the most scrutinised projects Hubco have been involved with.”