Castle Primary School in New Cumnock is currently undergoing a £9.6 million makeover to improve facilities for staff and pupils.
The school will be completely upgraded in order to ensure that the facility meets the educational requirements of the 21st century. A new linked nursery is also being constructed to accompany the refurbished school.
The project is just one of a number of similar projects under East Ayrshire Council’s plans to regenerate New Cumnock.
Graham Short, Executive Director of Educational and Social Services, said:
“The structure of the new nursery school now emerging beside the significant refurbishment of the Castle Primary School building is a very visible sign of our commitment to investing in our communities.
“The primary school has a rich history, but time has moved on and I am pleased that the building is being completely renovated. The school and nursery will be fully fitted and equipped for learning in the 21st century and that is what children in New Cumnock deserve.”
Works began in August 2011 and has included structural alterations to the layout. An evacuation lift and a gym will also be constructed onsite.
Graham Short added:
“Construction has made great progress in a very short time. This is an important new chapter – not only in the life of the school and nursery, but also of New Cumnock itself.
“I am very much looking forward to visiting in the future and seeing all the young people, their teachers and families enjoying an excellent new learning environment.”
Barr Construction Project Manager, Andy Hutchinson, added:
“The redevelopment of the existing building is progressing well, with the high level roofing complete and internal wall linings in place throughout the upper floor.
“The new-build nursery frame is now in position, installed on steel piles since the old river bed lies below the new construction. Building and modernisation works are on track for completion in late 2012 as programmed.”