MORRISON Construction has welcomed the awarding by Edinburgh Council of a £40 million contract to build the new Queensferry High School.

The new school will be built on the current school’s playing fields and, following completion, the old school will be demolished, with the area landscaped and a new pitch created on the site.

Morrison Construction will work alongside Hub South East as the tier one contractor.

Architects Ryder have recognised how close the school is to the Forth Bridge World Heritage Site, and have designed the school to fit in to its surroundings.

This includes maximising views from the school across to the Forth Bridge and choosing external finishes that complement the area.

Work is expected to start in the next few months, and will be completed by Spring 2020.

Councillor and education convener Ian Perry said: “It’s great news for pupils, staff, parents and the Queensferry community that planning permission has been granted for the new school which means construction work can start in the spring.”

Roddy Clark, Hub South East’s project director said: “Throughout the consultation we listened to feedback and as a result, we were able to make changes to the design to reflect local needs, such as a larger swimming pool. The new school will not only provide a modern learning estate for pupils and staff, but will be a fantastic asset to the community.”

Eddie Robertson of Morrison Construction said: ‘‘We look forward to working with our partners Hub South East and The City of Edinburgh Council to build this exciting new facility for Queensferry and the wider district.

‘‘Over the course of the construction programme we will continue our engagement with the school and community stakeholders. The education and employment opportunities we create will ensure this project has a positive impact on the community now and into the future.’’