It’s all fun and games for Donibristle Primary School

Donibristle Primary SchoolDonibristle Primary school is known for its passion for sports, therefore it is only fitting that the school is currently undergoing a multi-use games hall extension. Main contractors for the design-build are Hadden Construction Ltd and Fife Council provided the capital funding for the £750,000 project.

Early this year, Donibristle Primary School picked up March’s Bank of Scotland Badminton School of the Year Award in recognition of their unfaltering support for Badminton Scotland’s grassroots initiative programme. Donibristle regularly attend the Play Badminton Carnivals and are consistently one of the top schools in the Fife cluster at Primary Sports Hall Challenges.

The new sports hall will provide additional sporting opportunities for the school, along with potential community access for sporting or group activities.

Alastair Drummond, Project Manager, said: “The project is around 75% complete. The substructure is complete, the external walls have been erected and the roof is complete. We are currently finishing off the internal services and are about to install the underfloor heating. The construction of the sports floor will then commence. The project is on track for completion by the end of 2011.”

The games hall extension is a one-storey building, comprising around 260m² of floor space. It is a steel frame structure, with block work infill panels. The windows and doors are aluminium and it has a standing seam metal roof, whilst the exterior finish of the building is a combination of smooth render and cedar cladding. Internally, the extension also comprises a 10m² kitchen area, 46m² of storage space and a small plant room that stands at around 9m².

There is to be a small amount of exterior landscaping.

Alastair Drummond said: “This has been a relatively straightforward project and everyone involved has worked well together in order to produce a high quality building. The sports hall has several interesting design features – particularly the cedar cladding. We are also hoping to put up the school crest on the external walls once the building is complete. This is an important new building for the area as it will allow children to further participate in physical education and sports and also gives the School the potential to further engage with the community.”

Donibristle Primary School is situated in extensive grounds on a hilltop overlooking the Firth of Forth, on the west side of Dalgety Bay. The school’s motto is ‘where every child is an individual’ – a message that the school tries to instil in each of its 540 pupils.

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