Earlston High School

It is great to see Phases 1 to 3 of the exciting £12.5m new housing development for social rent in Earlston, Scottish Boarders, handed over to Eildon Housing Association.

Fairhurst are pleased to have supported design and build contractor Cruden Building and local architects Aitken Turnbull to deliver the 64 energy-efficient new homes, on the site of the old Earlston High School.  The development comprises of seven different high quality house types, with a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, apartments and cottage flats, which are targeted at addressing the affordable housing supply needs of the Borders. The low carbon development will use “significantly” less energy than conventional homes through low carbon measures including air source heat pumps and timber framed construction.

Fairhurst have provided full civil and structural engineering services for the project including specialist input during the planning phase including preparing the Transport Assessment and Framework Travel Plan, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Desk Study, Interpretive Report, Remediation Strategy and Validation Reports associated with providing ground gas protection. Fairhurst also provide the foul and surface water drainage strategy for the site incorporating a sustainable urban drainage solution with detention basin for the adopted roads and parking areas.   Offsite works associated with footpath upgrades within the adjacent industrial estate were also incorporated into the Road Construction Consent (RCC) and Scottish Water Technical Approval packages.    We then provided specialist input for the low carbon “Timber Kit” design and SER Certification of the Building Structures to support the Building Warrant Application.

We look forward to seeing the final Phase 4 completed later in 2024.

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