A brand new state-of-the-art primary school is under construction in Kilmarnock.
Gargieston Primary School and Nursery is being built on Dundonald Road and will replace the former Gargieston learning facility on the site. Construction began on the multi-million pound project in May 2011 and the project is currently on target to reach completion in summer 2012, just in time for the new term in August.
Main contractor Dawn Construction has already completed extensive grouting works and is now installing windows and external doors. The next stage of the project will see the installation of sheeting for internal walls and partitions.
External landscaping will include provision for outdoor activities.
East Ayrshire Council Leader, Douglas Reid, said:
“The Gargieston project is proceeding according to programme and the contractors are working well with both the council and the community to deliver a successful outcome.
“We will see a well planned and sustainable modern school, with facilities that address all of the issues that were of concern to the Gargieston School community in the previous building. The East Ayrshire project is jointly funded by the Scottish Government with the Scottish Futures Trust as advisors and facilitators, and it is the first such project of its kind for the council.”
During the construction process, pupils have been moved to nearby sites at Grange Campus, Shortlees, Bellfield and Crosshouse in order to continue their schooling. However, students have been kept up to date with the construction programme and a number of pupils and their head teacher have visited the site to see how work is progressing. Two pupils were also involved in the burial of an on-site time capsule that contained mementos from the former school.
The Council’s Lifelong Learning Spokesperson, Councillor Hugh Ross, said:
“I wish to pay particular tribute to Gargieston staff, parents and children for their support. This would not have been possible without the very positive attitude that has prevailed throughout this project and it won’t be long now till they are able to enjoy their new school!”
Dawn Group Chairman, Alan Macdonald, added:
“The construction of this multi-million pound state-of-the-art school is coming along well and the team is on budget and on schedule to complete it this summer, as planned.
“With our reputation as one of Scotland’s leading independent construction specialists, we are proud to be involved in delivering this brand new facility alongside our partners. This will provide a fantastic learning hub for those who will attend over the years.”
In addition to working on the Gargieston Primary School and Nursery Class project, Dawn Construction has worked on a number of other projects in Ayrshire, including new student accommodation for the University of the West of Scotland and the North Ayrshire Community Hospital in Irvine.