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Tullibody South Campus Reaches Key Stage

The Tullibody South Campus project has reached an important milestone as Financial Close has been achieved,  clearing the way for main construction work on the £15m campus to begin.

Construction on the building is due to be completed by August 2019, and it is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council,  with Robertson Construction appointed as the main contractor.  The project is being part funded by the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future and Early Years  programme and by the Council.

The project will deliver two schools, Abercromby Primary School, St Bernadette’s RC Primary School and a Nursery. The Campus also incorporates two gym halls, meeting spaces, an Immersive room and a new library.

Externally there will be a new artificial pitch for football, external play areas and a hard play space marked out for netball.

The new school will be built on the grounds of Abercromby Primary school and following completion, the old school will be demolished, with the area landscaped and new pitch, paths and playground area created on the site.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, Education Spokesperson at Clackmannanshire Council said: “I’m pleased that this important stage of the project has been reached, and the construction of this wonderful new state of the art campus is beginning.  We’re grateful for the investment that the Scottish Government has made in our young people, and working together with all our partners we’re now focussed on delivering our two new schools and nursery.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “Now that we have achieved this important milestone, the project moves into the construction phase and we look forward to delivering a new, high quality campus designed to meet all the needs of the community it will serve.”

David Cairns, managing director, Robertson Central East, said: “The new Tullibody South Campus will play a pivotal role in the community for a long time to come and Robertson is proud to be delivering this truly transformative project. The campus will be among the very best in the country and the provision of extensive flexible learning and external teaching spaces will allow Clackmannanshire Council to adopt the latest teaching methods and technology. With extensive experience in the education sector, Robertson is well equipped to deliver a project that the whole community can be proud of.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, added: “Our management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets. As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.  When open, the Tullibody South Campus will play a vital part in the local community.”

HUB PROJECTS WORTH OVER £600 MILLION

The value of hub East Central Scotland community infrastructure across Perthshire, Tayside, Forth Valley and Fife has grown to £617 million, of which £340 million is now open and operational.

The organisation’s latest annual report shows that during the year 5 new schools were completed across the region, along with a unique project to refurbish and rebuild the historic Perth Theatre. Hub has now successfully delivered 28 new infrastructure projects for health, education and cultural bodies as well as emergency services.

Projects worth  £108 million are currently under construction and support over 23,000 jobs, of which almost 12,000 are employees who live locally. A further £169 million of work is currently in development.  In the last year hub once again significantly increased targeted employments and skills outcomes in the region.

Public bodies in the area continued to benefit from a unique strategic development fund established by the hub to enable early feasibility work to transform initial concepts into buildings. To date, this fund has provided over £3 million to kick start community projects and without it many would not have moved beyond conceptual stages.

Ian Mullen, Chairman, hub East Central Scotland said: “hub East Central Scotland is the strategic development partner of choice for public bodies across the region and we work closely with them to support their development plans, from initial concept through to final delivery.  “Our teams continue to deliver high quality buildings which have become living social, cultural and educational hubs at the heart of the communities they serve.  “hub has made a significant contribution to the local economy in the region with £176 million of work undertaken by SME’s within the territory to date. We continue to work with companies who are suppliers on the Scottish Government’s supported business framework.”

The Carnegie Library and Galleries in Dunfermline, completed by hub last year, was named Best Building in Scotland by the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland. Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, the distinctive building has also been recognised with awards from the Edinburgh Architectural Association and RICS Scotland.

hub East Central Scotland is a public/private partnership established to create a long term development programme for the creation and delivery of high quality community facilities and services at best value.

 

KEYS HANDED OVER FOR NEW GP AND MINOR INJURIES CENTRE

A young apprentice had the honour of handing over the keys for the new GP and Minor Injuries Centre, delivered by hub, which will open to patients in August 2018.

Ruairi Gallagher, an apprentice heating engineer with FES and apprentice of the year at Glasgow Kelvin College, was one of hundreds of construction staff involved in building the flagship Centre which forms part of the new £37m Stirling Health and Care Village.

The purpose-built new Centre will provide more modern, spacious accommodation for a number of existing health services on the Stirling Community Hospital which will transfer to the new facility. These include Minor Injuries services, X-ray facilities, GP out-of-hours services and Keep Well services. It will also house three local GP practices, which will relocate to more spacious accommodation within the Centre, and a provide a base for Scottish Ambulance Service staff, including a number of specialist paramedics who will work closely with colleagues across the Centre.

The handover of the keys marks the completion of the build phase and will enable staff to fit out and equip the clinical areas, offices and staff accommodation over the next six weeks. The Centre can then welcome the first patients in August 2018, as planned.

The new Stirling Health and Care Village is a joint venture between Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley, the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integration Joint Board and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Forth Valley College is also involved as it plans to offer opportunities to offer local young people a range of training and volunteering opportunities within the new Health and Care Village.

The Bellfield Centre, a 116 bed inpatient facility which will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation for older people who require additional support following an illness or operation, will be completed later in the year.  This will be followed by a new ambulance station and workshop in Autumn 2019 which will replace the existing ambulance station in the Riverside area of the city.

Other planned facilities include a café, hairdresser, landscaped areas and an information area which can be used by local community groups and volunteers.

Alex Linkston, Chair of NHS Forth Valley, said: “This is a fantastic new building which will offer improved healthcare facilities for local people, NHS staff and a number of GP practices. I’d like to pay tribute to Robertson Construction, the Project Team and Hub East Central Scotland who have worked together to ensure the Centre was completed on time and on budget.”

Stirling Council leader, Councillor Scott Farmer said: “I’m very happy to welcome the opening of this new GP and Minor Injuries Centre which will make a significant contribution to the health and social care agenda for Stirling.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: ”We have worked closely with all of the partners involved in the new Stirling Health and Care Village project to successfully manage this key phase to completion. The new GP and Minor Injuries Centre is a high quality facility built to meet the specific needs of patients and staff and also support the delivery of first class care in Stirling.”

The Health and Care Village will also support the integration of local health and social care services, making it easier for staff to work together to deliver better co-ordinated, more joined up care to local people – a key aim of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.

TULLOCH PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENED

 

The new Tulloch Primary School in Perth was officially opened by the Scottish Government’s Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney MSP.

The works on Tulloch Primary are part of a £55 million programme jointly funded by Perth & Kinross Council and the Scottish Government, which also includes replacement facilities for Kinross Primary School and the brand new Bertha Park High School, also in Perth.

14 open-plan teaching zones have been created in the new school building, providing for up to 434 primary pupils, as well as increasing the nursery capacity to 40 children, a new and improved Additional Support Needs (ASN) base, and nurture provision.  The school’s external surroundings, including its play area,  are also being transformed with an increased grass pitch area, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), outdoor teaching facilities and eco-features. Improved pupil drop-off facilities and enhanced parking have also been provided.

Mr Swinney performed the official opening following music, song and performance by children across the school from nursery to P7, including the school’s Glee Choir, who recently won the Perth and Kinross final of the Scotland-wide Primary Glee Choir Challenge. He commented: “It is an honour to be able to officially open Tulloch Primary School.

“The excellent partnership working with Perth & Kinross Council, the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust has enabled the creation of this fantastic new state-of-the-art accommodation and, along with Kinross Primary School and Bertha Park High School, Tulloch has benefitted from £32.5 million of Scottish Government funding.

“This is a fantastic new school that the whole community can be proud of and I wish those who use it all the very best for the future.”

Council Leader, Councillor Murray Lyle said: “The ongoing commitment we have to enhancing the learning and teaching environment in our schools is clearly reflected in the fantastic new facilities here at Tulloch Primary School.

We are investing very significantly in the school estate in the interests of children and young people in Perth and Kinross, so that they can achieve to the fullest, academically and personally now and into the future.

It is exciting to see a major project like this develop from the drawing board to a fully operational, vibrant and busy school, and it is clear that children, staff, parents and the wider school community at Tulloch are enjoying the vastly improved provision it offers.”

Acting Headteacher, Michelle Cassidy commented: “From day one, our children, staff and families have been very positive about our new school.  We all welcome the bright, spacious and open environment, which offers lots of opportunities to enhance learning and teaching.  It is wonderful to see the ethos of the school enhanced further making it truly a place where children love to learn.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We worked closely with the team at Perth & Kinross Council to manage the project to build the new school to successful completion. It is great to see the pupils and staff enjoying their new school, which provides an excellent modern learning environment.”

DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER OPENS BALDRAGON ACADEMY

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, officially opened the new £28.7 million Baldragon Academy.

Pupils celebrated the opening with music and Mr Swinney unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new Dundee City Council secondary.

Completion of the new school finalised an educational campus for the area, including the £8.1 million replacement for Sidlaw View Primary School and Jessie Porter Nursery.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:  “In the last ten years this Government has massively improved the school estate right across Scotland.  Since 2007, 751 school building projects have been completed and we have invested £1.8 billion as part of the Schools for the Future building programme.  Our infrastructure investment has ensured that teachers are able to teach their pupils in dynamic, high tech facilities, which is vital if we are to meet the future learning needs of our children young people.

“I am delighted to be at the official opening of Baldragon Academy which was given over £19.5 million of Scottish Government funding in order to help deliver this fantastic new development here in Dundee. The excellent partnership working with Dundee City Council, The Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust has enabled pupils attending Baldragon Academy to be transferred into state-of-the-art accommodation.”

Councillor Gregor Murray, city council children and families service convener said: “This impressive replacement for Baldragon Academy shows how we are investing for the future of our young people through an ambitious building programme

“The new school is providing state of the art facilities to meet the challenges that our pupils will face in the years ahead.

“The new Baldragon Academy, along with the nursery and primary schools, is another major enhancement of learning and teaching facilities in Dundee

“This educational campus will provide an inspirational learning environment for pupils ranging in age from nursery children to young people preparing to leave school to take up new opportunities.”

The project was led by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Dundee City Council, Scottish Futures Trust and Robertson.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive at hub East Central Scotland, said, ”We are proud to have managed the successful delivery of the project from initial design to completion and it’s great to see staff and pupils enjoying their new school, which has been built to the highest standards to meet the needs of the community it serves.”

Kevin Dickson, managing director, Robertson Tayside, said: “Baldragon Academy is an example of a modern school that has a clear focus on delivering the best experience possible for both pupils and staff. The project is one Robertson is immensely proud of, and our site team were pleased to receive a Gold Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme in recognition of the standards employed throughout the build. We wish everyone at Baldragon Academy well for the future, and trust that the shared campus will provide an ideal learning environment for generations to come.”

RICS Scotland Award for Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

The £12.4 million Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries has been recognised for 3rd time after winning the Community Benefit award from RICS Scotland.

Designed by Richard Murphy Architects and built by BAM Construction, the distinctive building won the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland Andrew Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland 2017, as well as Building of the Year and Large Project, from the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Judges for the RICS Scotland Awards felt that the building has given the town its first gallery space to a standard which can accept national collection pieces and described the project as a worthy winner for bringing to life Dunfermline’s history and cultural heritage.

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 children’s library over two floors.

Work started in December 2014 and Fife Council committed £8.25 million to the project, along with £2.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1 million from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

The work involved building a new extension at rear of retained listed façade providing museum and gallery space together with refurbishment work to the existing library.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered such a vibrant facility in the heart of the community.  It supports the regeneration of Dunfermline and is bringing new visitors to the town.”

Museum Curator Lesley Botten, who oversaw community engagement for the duration of the project’s development, commented: “We are delighted that we have received the RICS Community Benefit Award 2018 – the project to develop DCL&G was always, for us, about involving the community in the development of their venue.

“We worked with so many schools, community groups, individuals and volunteers over the life of the project and they all helped make the venue what it is. The Award is a testament to the work of the Project Team and to every one of the local people who helped us. The ongoing community benefit of the venue is apparent every day in the number of locals who enjoy DCL&G’s many varied facilities: It has become a real hub for people to gather, to participate, to study, to relax, and to feel part of.”

The facility provides panoramic views of the historic Abbey from within the heart of Dunfermline. Landscaped gardens, which incorporate historic statues and seating areas, are an attractive space for visitors and the people of Dunfermline.

Official opening for Alyth Primary School after major upgrade

 

Alyth Primary School was officially opened by Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy following an extensive upgrade and improvement project designed to ensure the school provides facilities to support 21st century learning.

The £9.68m project, undertaken by hub East Central Scotland, combined the upgrade of the original Victorian school building with a new-build element.

A new, bright, spacious and modern school environment has been created, which will enhance teaching and learning and increase collaboration between classes, enabling a smoother transition from nursery to P1. All the classrooms have floor to ceiling windows and learning walls which include interactive electronic smartboards, with physical activity and outdoor learning opportunities increased through a new multi-use games area, courtyard and roof terrace alongside the school’s extensive playing fields. Currently Alyth Primary School has eight primary classes, as well as a nursery class.

Pupils presented music and song as part of the official opening celebration, with the opening ceremony. Provost Melloy said: “This major project has transformed Alyth Primary School for the long-term, and I understand there has already been very positive feedback from visitors to the school about how the Victorian and modern elements have been so harmoniously combined. The school community is justly proud of their new educational environment, and I am delighted to have the honour of officially opening Alyth Primary School today.”

Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Caroline Shiers, commented: “Throughout the project, the focus has been on partnership working to ensure that the new school’s facilities would meet the aim of supporting 21st century learning. I am pleased, too, that as well as looking forward to the future, Alyth Primary School’s history has not been forgotten, with pupils, staff and parents working with members of the local community to create both a book about its past and present, and an exhibition of memories, stories, photographs and artefacts.

The commitment of everyone involved is reflected in these fantastic new facilities, a further example of the Council’s aim to continue to improve the school estate in Perth and Kinross.”

Headteacher Connie Letford said: “Pupils, parents and staff are absolutely delighted with our fantastic new school! It provides an inspiring, positive learning environment which offers lots of opportunities to enhance teaching and learning within the classrooms and by using the many outdoor spaces available. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been involved in this project and the whole school community has a great sense of pride in our new school.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We worked closely with Perth & Kinross Council to manage the successful delivery of the new school, which is designed to meet the needs of the community that it serves, providing a modern learning environment for pupils and staff.  We are very proud to have completed five new schools for Perth & Kinross Council in recent years.”

NEW BALDRAGON ACADEMY OPENS FOR PUPILS

The new £28.7 million Baldragon Academy opeeds its doors for business on today (Feb 22) as pupils enter the building for the first time.  Completion of the new secondary school finalises an educational campus for the area. This includes the already-opened £8.1 million replacement for Sidlaw View Primary School and Jessie Porter Nursery.

Dundee City Council children and families service convener Councillor Gregor Murray joined  head teacher Kenny Hearn to celebrate the first day of the new school.

Councillor Murray said: “This impressive replacement for Baldragon Academy shows how we are investing for the future of our young people through an ambitious building programme

“The new school is providing state of the art facilities to meet the challenges that our pupils will face in the years ahead.

“The new Baldragon Academy, along with the nursery and primary schools, is another major enhancement of learning and teaching facilities in Dundee

“This educational campus will provide an inspirational learning environment for pupils ranging in age from nursery children to young people preparing to leave school to take up new opportunities.”

The project was led by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Dundee City Council, Scottish Futures Trust and Robertson Tayside.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive at hub East Central Scotland, said, ”We are proud to have managed the successful delivery of the project from initial design to completion and it’s great to see staff and pupils in their new school, which has been built to the highest standards to meet the needs of the community it serves.”

 

JOHN SWINNEY OPENS WAID COMMUNITY CAMPUS

Waid Community Campus was officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at a ceremony with almost the whole school community looking on.

The unique design of the building, with its central atrium and impressive “Hellerup” stairs, meant that most of the school could witness the official ceremony from the balconies and be a part of the historic occasion.  The audience also included the three previous headteachers of Waid Academy.

Mr Swinney addressed those assembled saying: “Waid Academy has been at the heart of the East Neuk throughout its  150 year history and this new building has extended that role in new and exciting ways, hosting a wide range of community facilities all under one roof. I am pleased that the Scottish Government was able to provide funding of £12.3 million from our Schools for the Future programme to help make this happen.

“I am very impressed by the way the building’s cutting-edge design complements the ethos of openness, inclusiveness and welcome which Waid Community Campus offers. The young people I have met today are making full use of this wonderful building and I wish them all the best for their future.”

The project is the third school to have been delivered for Fife Council and the Scottish Government by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with BAM Construction.

The building has been fully open since August and the Waid Academy pupils are already benefiting from a fantastic new learning experience in their state-of-the-art high school. The wider community is also loving the new facility which includes a council customer service point, library, sports and leisure facilities, learning opportunities and a hugely popular community cafe – all under one roof.

Convener of Fife Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, Cllr. Fay Sinclair commented: “Bringing a range of services together with this amazing new school makes it much easier for local people to access the services they need.

“New sports, learning and community facilities and classes supported by Fife

College, along with a new library are all here now in one building.  It is great to see the local community enjoying the benefits of the new Campus.”

Rector Iain Hughes is delighted with the new building. He commented: “We have all settled into our new home, getting used to new ways of working and we are still finding new and exciting ways to use this very flexible building.

“I’ve always been immensely proud of our young people, who are a credit to their families and communities, and I’m so pleased that they have been given such an outstanding building to learn in. They are taking full advantage of the learning spaces, which are supporting the innovative teaching and learning provided by our staff.”

Fife Council along with the Scottish Government invested £24.3 million in the new Waid Community Campus, providing services for the whole community. It is one of six secondary schools and two primaries which make up Fife Council’s £250m+ Building Fife’s Future Programme.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland said: “This is a fantastic new facility that has been purpose built to meet the needs of the local community. Our teams worked closely with Fife Council, their wider stakeholders and BAM Construction to manage the project to successful completion ahead of programme and on budget.”

Construction of new Muirfield and Ladyloan primary schools underway

Work to replace two Arbroath primary schools as part of an ambitious multi-million pound project was marked by not one but two official sit visits.

Children and Learning vice-convener, Cllr Derek Wann attended first at Muirfield Primary School and then at Ladyloan Primary School to tour the exciting developments underway at both school sites. He was joined by pupils and staff, fellow local councillors and council officers, as well as representatives from hub East Central Scotland, contractors Robertson Tayside and the Scottish Futures Trust.

Cllr Wann said: “The Arbroath Schools Project represents a significant investment in our local schools estate as well as our local community, our local children and their futures.

“It has seen the delivery of new schools at Timmergreens and Warddykes. We forge ahead with replacing Muirfield and Ladyloan schools, where work got underway before Christmas. Later this year, work will also begin on a shared campus for Hayshead and St Thomas primary schools.

“These are exciting times as we continue the transformation of our educational facilities. We are committed to ensuring that the schools resources we provide to our children in Angus present them with the best opportunities to realise their potential.”

Both the new Muirfield Primary School and the new Ladyloan Primary School are being constructed within the existing schools’ grounds so that they can remain operational and the impact upon pupils and staff is minimised while the work is being carried out.

Construction of the new buildings should be complete by the end of this year, with children and staff scheduled to move in at both new schools in time for the Spring Term (Jan 2019). The existing buildings will be demolished and each replaced by a new car park and sports pitch. This work is scheduled for completion by the end of May 2019.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, commented: “It’s great to see the project progressing well and we look forward to delivering two high quality news school buildings for the community. Our teams work closely with Angus Council to support their education and learning strategy and this project follows the recent successful completion of community school campuses in Brechin and Forfar.”

Kevin Dickson, Managing Director, Robertson Tayside, said: “These two projects will have a major impact on future generations in Angus. We look forward to engaging with the council and community – including future pupils of the two schools – throughout the construction phase and beyond. We will be working with all stakeholders, including our facilities management business, and I have no doubt that the completed schools will be of the highest quality.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), added: “Ladyloan and Muirfield primary schools takes the number of schools to have entered construction under the £1.8bn Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme, which we manage of behalf of Scottish Government, to over 100.

“This is a very exciting time and these two primaries are great examples of the evolution of school design that has been seen over the programme. They promote the creation and delivery of world-class, learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but the communities they serve as well.”

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