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Architect chosen to design school

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Portobello High School is due to be built in 2013/14

One of Scotland's leading architect practices has been chosen to head up the design team for a new £41.5m Edinburgh school.

Edinburgh-based jmarchitects, with headquarters in Queen Street, has won the Portobello High School contract.

The firm has worked on over 70 schools in the last nine years.

The design team also includes Edinburgh-based project managers Thomas and Adamson, engineering firm Rybka and consultant engineers Faber Maunsell.

Edinburgh-based cost advisers Gardiner and Theobold and Newcastle-based structural engineers Parsons Brinckerhoff are also part of the design team.

Construction work is planned to start at the school in 2011/12 with it opening in 2013/14.

Important landmark

Marilyne MacLaren, Edinburgh City Council's convener of education, children and families, said: "I am thrilled that we have appointed such a high calibre design team for Portobello High School.

"jmarchitects have a great track record in school design and it's great news that the core of our design team are Edinburgh-based.

"Their involvement will support our local economy at a difficult time for businesses.

"Like everyone else I am looking forward to seeing the designs for what I'm sure will be an iconic new building for the city."

Ron McFarlane, jmarchitects directors, said: "We are delighted to be involved with this very important landmark project and look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Edinburgh City Council and delivering a high quality educational facility for future generations."

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