As the largest project in Glasgow Council’s plan for secondary education in Inverclyde, the new £44 million Shared Campus in Port Glasgow is expected to provide a wealth of state-of-the-art facilities when it opens in 2013.
The development will be located on the current Port Glasgow High School site and the shared campus will comprise: Port Glasgow High School, St Stephen’s High School and an Additional Support Needs (ASN) School.
Whilst the project is underway, the two secondary schools have moved into temporary shared accommodation at the St Stephen’s complex.
Once the Shared Campus is complete, Port Glasgow High School and St Stephen’s will each have their own distinct entrances and a separate foyer that leads to the teaching spaces. However, whilst the schools will function as standalone institutions, they will share the common facilities – including an Enterprise Centre and sports, music and performance arts spaces.
The ASN school will comprise nursery, primary and secondary blocks and will cater for both moderate and complex learning difficulties. In total the school will have the capacity for 8 nursery pupils, 60 pupils with complex learning difficulties, 30 primary pupils with moderate learning difficulties and 50 secondary pupils with moderate learning difficulties.
Leisure facilities will include a multi-use games area (MUGA), a fully equipped gymnasium and fitness suite and two all-weather pitches.
The Enterprise Centre will be an important community learning facility and will also serve the needs of the schools during regular school hours. As a result, it will have its own entrance and reception which can be securely accessed from the campus internally.
Main contractor for the project is GRAHAM Construction and the architect is Ingenium Archial Architects Ltd.
Education and Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Terry Loughran, said:
“When it is completed in summer 2013 it will be a centre of educational excellence and a prized asset for the local community. The new Enterprise Centre will also offer opportunities for adults.
“We are continuing to deliver on our promise of new and refurbished schools for all of our children and young people, despite the squeeze on public sector budgets. I am particularly pleased that this project puts those with additional support needs at the heart of our schools estates strategy, where they belong.”
Council Leader, Stephen McCabe, added:
“I am delighted at the way the two schools have settled into their temporary surroundings and the feedback from the pupils, staff and parents has been very positive. I think everyone recognises what an exciting time this is for secondary education in Port Glasgow and Inverclyde in general. The new campus is the single most ambitious project in our £220 million schools estate strategy.
“This has been a real team effort and I thank all of those involved and in particular the school communities for the invaluable contribution they have made to getting us to where we are today. Without their support, this project would not have been possible.”
Michael Graham, Executive Chairman at GRAHAM Construction, said:
“The new shared campus at Port Glasgow is one of the most significant education projects we have ever been involved with. This will be a unique, showpiece structure when it is completed in 2013 and GRAHAM is tremendously proud to be playing a part in such an iconic, keenly-anticipated facility.”