Archive for November, 2017

Deputy First Minister breaks ground on new secondary school at Bertha Park

Set to open in August 2019, Bertha Park High School will be the first additional secondary school to be built in Perth and Kinross since 1972. Perth and Kinross is one of the fastest-growing areas of Scotland and, as a result, Perth Secondary schools will be near to capacity by 2021. A review of the school estate identified a new Perth secondary school as a priority. The new Bertha Park High School reflects the projected growth in population and resulting housebuilding and infrastructure required to support this. The new secondary school catchment area will include pupils from the Local Development…

CARE HUB CELEBRATES NEW MILESTONE

A topping out ceremony at the new Stirling Care Village marked the final tiles being placed on the roof of the new Care Hub building. The hub will have more than 100 beds and will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Set in a comfortable, homely environment it aims to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes. Also being built in the grounds of Stirling Community Hospital is the Primary and Urgent Care Centre which will provide…

FINANCE SECRETARY SEES NEW BALDRAGON NEAR COMPLETION

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay was given a guided tour of the replacement for Baldragon Academy as the £28.7 million project nears completion. Dundee City Council leader Councillor John Alexander and children and families service convener Councillor Gregor Murray joined with head teacher Kenny Hearn and senior pupils to mark the occasion. Pupils will move into the new Baldragon Academy in February next year in a move that will complete an educational campus for the area. This includes the already-opened £8.1 million replacement for Sidlaw View Primary School and Jessie Porter Nursery. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay…

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries Named Scotland’s Best building

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, delivered by hub East Central Scotland for Fife Council, has been named the Best Building in Scotland for 2017. Richard Murphy Architects accepted the Andrew Doolan prize from the Royal Incorporation of Architects after the building was chosen from a shortlist of 12 projects. Built by BAM Construction, the new £12.4 million facility brings an impressive new focal point to the Heritage Quarter and wider town centre. The museum adjoins the world’s first Carnegie library and includes a striking new glass structure. It incorporates three exhibition galleries, café, local history space and kid’s library over…

New Additional Support Needs Secondary School Opened

Scotland’s newest Additional Support Needs School (ASN), Carrongrange High School in Grangemouth, was opened by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skill, John Swinney. Offering places for up to 190 secondary pupils, the new school boasts some of the most advanced design features and support equipment for ASN pupils. The new build is located in the existing grounds of Moray Primary School, covers approximately 6050 square metres and is a replacement for the current Carrongrange School located in Larbert. Built at a cost of £18m, construction started in February 2016 and was completed in July 2017 with…