Beattock Primary School at Craigielands Park near Moffat, is undergoing an exciting transformation. The old school has been demolished and a new state-of-the-art primary school has been built in its place.
Dumfries and Galloway Council expect that the project will be complete by the end of winter, with the school opening its doors in the new year.
The dated 1960s building has been replaced with a modern three-classroom design that incorporates a multipurpose hall and nursery within the 1.5 acre site. Dumfries and Galloway Council have funded the project and their in-house design and construction teams, DG Design and DG First, have carried out the works.
The new school features a cross-laminated timber, which has formed the walls, internal partitions and roof. These components were delivered to the site ready-fabricated and offered a significant advantage in reducing the construction time. In addition, the school includes several sustainable features, such as a biomass boiler, solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
Whilst construction works are carried out, the children have been temporarily relocated to the former Moffat Academy building.
Lindsay Baker from Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “The project has progressed very well and we are currently on schedule. We hope that the children will be moving back in soon so that they can have a new start and a new year in the new school.
“This is the only primary school in this small community and so the project is very important. I think it is excellent that we are able to invest in this new facility for the local community.”
The Beattock Primary School project was commissioned by the council’s education committee in June 2008, followed by the design development and tendering processes in 2009/10. The cost of the project is around £2.6 million.