A new nursery wing is being constructed at Darvel Primary School in Campbell Street East, Darvel, Stathclyde in a project providing replacement accommodation for the nursery, which is relocating from a turn of the 20th century building in Ranoldcop Road.
The project, for East Ayrshire Council, is being carried out by Main Contractors Heron Brothers.
The project also includes the removal of dated dining accommodation from the primary school, with an upgrade of educational facilities, including improved access and internal layout.
Scottish Parliament MSP, Willie Coffey said: “I’m certain what will be achieved on this site will be of great benefit to the children, enabling them to enjoy their education in line with a Curriculum for Excellence, in the best facilities we can offer.”
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council, said: “Both the local primary and nursery schools occupy very special places in the life of the town of Darvel. This project has been
fully supported by the community throughout.”
Graham Short, Executive Director of Educational and Social Services, said: “The whole project represents a considerable upgrade of educational facilities in Darvel, with an investment of £5 million.
“The move to the new nursery school wing means that children will be educated in a modern facility, co-located with the primary, allowing for better continuity and sharing of resources”.
Councillor Hugh Ross, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “This project follows a full consultation with the community, including a well-attended public meeting in Darvel Town Hall. Our aim here is to provide a modern facility on an integrated campus with the primary school.”
The present roll of Darvel Primary School is 309, making it one of the bigger primary schools in East Ayrshire. Darvel Nursery School presently offers 120 early years places. Both schools serve the town of Darvel and surrounding area.
The building will be completed in summer 2012.