Royal assent granted for new Portobello High

Royal assent has now been granted, allowing construction work for a new Portobello High School to begin. Photo: Kate Chandler
Royal assent has now been granted, allowing construction work for a new Portobello High School to begin. Photo: Kate Chandler
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The Queen has approved a Bill aimed at allowing construction of a new Portobello High on legally protected land in the Capital.

Edinburgh Council’s Portobello Park Bill, which was passed in June, received royal assent on Friday and comes into force today.

The bill was originally submitted last year as part of moves to switch the park’s legal status and open it up for education-related development.

Construction of a £41 million campus - which will replace the 1960s tower block currently housing the school - is imminent, with building work expected to be complete by August 2016.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Paul Godzik, education leader, said: “Now that Royal Assent has been received, it will be full steam ahead with our plans to replace Portobello High School.

“Over the last few weeks, since the Parliament approved the legislation, officers have been preparing to appropriate the park and sign the building contract with Balfour Beatty and both will now take place over the next few days.

“In a few weeks work will start on Portobello Park as Balfour Beatty start to prepare the site for the construction works. This is a hugely important milestone in the new school project and I know staff and pupils returning to school next week will enjoy, as I will, watching the progress on site as their new school is built.”