Well-designed buildings, built for community use, have the power to transform lives. Through our build programme, new schools and community buildings are doing just that – creating employment, helping the environment, as well as providing locals with much-improved places for them to learn, visit or work.
Part of the work we carry out is to encourage Scotland’s councils take a fresh approach to how they set and manage design briefs.
This has been illustrated through our Schools Pilot project which brought together two councils from opposite sides of the country to build state-of-the-art schools for the benefit of their communities (Eastwood High School in East Renfrewshire and the Lasswade Centre in Midlothian), using a similar design.
This was the first time two Scottish councils came together and proved so successful that the collaborative approach has been used by other councils to achieve benefits and savings across the programme.
The Lasswade Centre has stood out for the numerous community benefits being delivered as it has a secondary school, a community library, a town hall, a 25m leisure pool, a specialist gymnastics centre, varied sports facilities, a crèche, a community cinema and café all under one roof and open to the public.
As a result, the Centre picked up the top accolade in the Community Benefits category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland awards.
This video, produced by pupils at Eastwood High School, clearly demonstrates the benefits being delivered there.