Thomas & Adamson joined teachers, pupils, contractors and The City of Edinburgh Council representatives for the first sod of land cut in Portobello Park, the site of the new Portobello High School, which will open its doors to pupils in August 2016. The first piece was cut by council leader Andrew Burns and education convener Paul Godzik.

In 2016, the school will have space for 1400 pupils, providing state-of-the-art teaching facilities, indoor and outdoor sports facilities including a swimming pool and all-weather pitches. A new £1m park will be built on the existing school site.

Cllr Godzik said: “This is a key milestone in the Portobello project and many people in the local area will be delighted to see work finally starting on their new high school.”

Thomas & Adamson are providing project management services.