Building the New St John’s School


February 2018: The scaffolding begins to wrap round the building, ready for bricklaying and windows.

The new school is being built by Graham Construction who have projects across the United Kingdom.  The project is managed onsite by Andrew Thomson.

The current thinking is that the new building will be complete by August 2018.  It is to be two storeys high running close along Duddingston Road as did the old high school.

At a public community liaison meeting in early June Graham Construction gave some idea of their expectation of key dates. Clearly these will be subject to change depending on many factors.

Start on Site 12 June 2017
Sub-structure complete 6 October 2017
Super-structure complete 15 December 2017
Wind and water tight – two storey block 5 February 2018
Wind and water tight – remainder 9 April 2018
Power on 7 May 2018
Overall commissioning period 13 July 2018
Contract complete 23 July 2018


Graham Construction can be contacted on site or by email at