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Edinburgh Schools Partnership was the first PFI/PPP procurement strategy for the City of Edinburgh Council.

The project supports over 8,000 students and consists of 19 facilities across 17 sites which includes both new builds and refurbished/extended properties.  The facilities are distributed geographically city wide and include:

  • 10 primary schools, of which two are joint non-denominational/Roman Catholic campuses.

  • 5 secondary schools: 4 of these are refurbished and extended buildings;

  • Braidburn Special Needs school which caters for nursery through secondary school age pupils with additional support needs;

  • Howdenhall Secure Unit which is a secure residential care and education setting for young people aged 10-17 with significant social, emotional, and behavioural needs.  The unit is in use all year round, 24 hours per day/7 days per week;

  • Rowanfield is a special school in the north of the city which focuses on educating vulnerable children; and

  • Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre which is vital community hub within the Moredun area of the city.


  • Construction cost: £132m

  • GIFA 100,000 m2

  • Financial Close: 2001

  • Term of Project: 32 years

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IML’s Operational team delivers a full contract management service on the Edinburgh Schools Partnership project, including:


  • Shareholder, lender and SPV board management 

  • Close monitoring of construction and FM obligations

  • Implementation of health and safety requirements, and

  • Lifecycle and variation management supported by our Asset Service Team

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