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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Hugh Hunter visits new Prestwick Academy
building nearing completion

By: Murdoch MacDonald

COUNCILLOR Hugh Hunter, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council (pictured below) visited phase one of the new Prestwick Academy school building, due to be completed in October this year, to see the progress being made.

The new Prestwick Academy will cost £25.6 million pounds and is a key element of South Ayrshire Council’s ambitious £76 million Public Private Partnership School building initiative.

After seeing the progress being made on the new building Councillor Hunter said: “The new Prestwick Academy is a very striking building with a powerful exterior that grabs your attention as soon as you see it. The Academy has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the pupils and has increased learning and leisure facilities inside the school as well as additional multi-purpose outdoor space."

The ongoing PPP project by the Council involves the construction of new primary schools at Barassie, Alloway and Monkton, new secondary schools at Belmont and Prestwick and an annexe to Kyle Academy.

Hugh Hunter concluded: “The PPP project has embraced the Council’s vision of new schools that are well designed, built to a high specification and managed by high quality staff. The schools will support the educational demands of the present and those of the future.

“The new Prestwick Academy will provide outstanding facilities that will be enjoyed by the current pupils and by others for many years to come.”

Current progress of the PPP school building initiative:

Kyle Academy – Annexe complete.
Monkton Primary School – New build complete.
Prestwick Academy – New build ongoing.
Belmont Academy – New build ongoing
Alloway Primary School – Phase one of new build complete, phase two ongoing.
Barassie Primary School – complete

In addition to the PPP school building initiative, South Ayrshire Council has two major schools refurbishment projects ongoing at the moment.

Dalmilling Primary School and Muirhead Primary School are being completely modernised. The windows, roof, heating and electrics have been fully replaced, all the classrooms, toilets and ancillary accommodation have been fully upgraded, and a new cashless catering system installed in both schools.

Dalmilling Primary School – total estimated spend over 2007/08 and 2008/09 is £2,559,000.

Muirhead Primary School – total estimated spend over 2007/08 and 2008/09 is £1,967,000.

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