TWO new buildings in East Lothian have been shortlisted in the 2020 Scottish Property Awards.

The East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington and Wallyford Primary School are both in the running for accolades in the independent competition, which recognises the best new commercial and public buildings in Scotland.

The hospital, on the site of the former Roodlands Hospital on Hospital Road, is up for the Healthcare Development of the Year award.

The school at Futures Way, which replaced Wallyford’s former primary school on Salters Road, has been shortlisted in the Public Development of the Year category.

The awards, founded in 2014, are judged by a panel of experts drawn from across the property sector, to recognise the “greatest achievements” in the built environment across Scotland. This year’s contest attracted entries from more than 60 businesses.

The results will be announced at a dinner and celebration at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday, February 20.

Alison Macdonald, director, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, commented: “This hospital has been highly anticipated and brings huge benefits for patients and carers in East Lothian. It is also a real asset to the community, with public rooms available to local groups, an RVS cafeteria and local radio providing hospital broadcasting.

“Additionally, the hospital’s grounds are open to all.

“I would really like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved, including staff and the local community, for their collaboration and support.”

Richard Park, director, Hub South East, NHS Lothian’s development partner, said: “The new East Lothian Community Hospital is a fantastic example of a healthcare facility which will have a real, positive impact on the local community.

“A true partnership ethos between NHS Lothian/East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Hub South East and Morrison Construction has made this project successful, with all parties working together to ensure the site could remain open for patients whilst the new facility was built.

“All those involved should be proud of the recognition and, of course, we have our fingers crossed for next month’s ceremony.”

He added: “We’re also delighted that the fantastic Wallyford Primary School project has been shortlisted.

“It’s always positive for the hard work of all parties involved in such a development to be recognised for their efforts.

“This again was a real partnership project, with East Lothian Council, Hub South East and Morrison Construction working together to successfully deliver a facility that has made a real difference for pupils, staff and the local community.”

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, the council’s cabinet member for education, said: “We’re delighted that the new Wallyford Primary School has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“Since it opened nearly a year ago, the new building has offered enhanced learning and social opportunities, not just for the children and staff, but for the wider Wallyford community too, with the provision of a new library.

“We believe this is a result of the extensive consultation work that we and our partners undertook before and during the construction process to create a true community hub.”

Headteacher Mhairi Stratton said: “Being shortlisted for this national award is great news for everyone connected with Team Wallyford. We believe that it’s a reflection on how well the school community and project team worked together to create a building that works for everyone.”