Wednesday, 16 January 2013
South Ayrshire Council starts building new Kirkmichael Primary School
Work has started on the construction of South Ayrshire Council’s latest brand new rural school building to accommodate the pupils and staff of Kirkmichael Primary School.
This new school shows the Council’s commitment to rural education. Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder cut the first sod at a ceremony to mark the occasion (pictured above).
In December 2012 a new school building for Colmonell Primary School was completed, and now the Council is further investing in rural primary education with a new Kirkmichael Primary School building.
The Council has funded the whole cost of the project, £2.3 million, to meet the cost of constructing a new school on the site of the old school, which has already been demolished. Pupils and staff from the school have been decanted to the McCosh Hall in Kirkmichael, where they will remain until the new school is completed in October this year.
Pupils joined Councillor Toner, local Councillors, staff from the school and officers involved in the project to take part in the sod cutting ceremony.
Councillor Margaret Toner said: “The financial investment in the new Kirkmichael Primary School building clearly demonstrates our commitment to rural education. The old school building was constructed in the 1970s and was no longer fit for purpose and it was decided that a new school building was the best option.
“Designed to include landscaped external areas, classrooms, lifelong learning facility, assembly/dining areas, changing facilities, nursery accommodation and multi-purpose areas the new school building is fit for the 21st century.
“The new facilities within the school will be of great benefit when delivering education through the Curriculum for Excellence, which provides a coherent, more flexible and encriched curriculum for pupils.”
Access to the school will be through a secure, controlled area, from which the community will be able to access the lifelong learning room separating them from the pupils during the school day.
“Schools are important to our communities, which is why I am really pleased that members of the local community will be able to use the school in the evenings. One room will be available for local people at any time. This additional accommodation will supplement the facilities already available in the village at the McCosh Hall.”
The classrooms cluster around a multi-purpose open area with exits from each classroom to the external play area. The dining and assembly hall is at the end of the main corridor providing easy access for the pupils and staff and secure re access to community users in the evening.
The architect for the new Kirkmichael Primary School building is Holmes Miller, construction and the construction contract was awarded to Clark Contracts.
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