Blog Post: by Beth Simco from the Contracts Team
We are coming out of our first external project contract really excited for the future of the Contracts Team at Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, with the delivery of an old school renovated into a community hub that we have successfully delivered on budget.
We won the tender to project co-ordinate The Old School, Embo. This was an excellent opportunity to transfer skills from our lessons learnt from renovating an old barn, now known as The Barn, in Ardgay and the rebuild of Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction. The Trust’s experience lead to successfully delivering The Old School on budget – even when making the decision to provide a commercial kitchen for a Café Operator. We endeavour to provide long term sustainability for communities with our big focus being on sustainability, the customer journey and the end user.
The initial project was the vision of The Embo Trust (Urras Euraboil) and developed to design stage with Blueprint Architecture. Funding streams were granted to The Embo Trust by Big Lottery, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, SSE, Highland LEADER, The Robertson Trust, John Gordon Legacy and Carbon Clever. The Embo Trust were highly successful with their funding applications, this meant that The Old School could provide a ‘Village Lifeline’ for the community of Embo.
The Embo Trust’s volunteer run Village Grocers which opened after the closure of the village shop (due to the owner retiring) also contributed a significant amount to the build – an amazing achievement thanks to their volunteers. The total project budget came to £1.2 million.
The Old School Embo facilitates a Community Hall, Café, Community Grocers, Meeting Room, Part Time Post Office, Toilets and lastly an excellent green space for outdoor events. The Old School has the facility to cater for weddings for 120 people with an extension marquee.
We were delighted to take this project on board for The Embo Trust and wish them every success in their future at The Old School.
Pictured below is The Old School Project Team on the handover of The Old School, 12th November 2018.