Excited children and staff at Muirkirk Primary School, Early Childhood Centre and Community Facility marked a ‘key’ milestone this week as they were handed the keys to their fantastic new building by Depute Provost Claire Leitch.
Construction work by Ashleigh began on the single storey building a year ago and the children and staff have now moved in to their new primary school and early childhood centre complete with community garden and outdoor play area.
The school and community have been very involved throughout the project, with local people being employed on the construction works and the school children being asked to design parts of the Early Childhood Centre’s external play area.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council, said: “I’m so pleased with how this building has turned out; visually it looks very impressive and as well as providing a state of the art learning environment for our pupils in Muirkirk, the community will also benefit from the purpose built facilities contained within it.
“It has been very satisfying to watch this building, and our other new schools, rise out of the ground over the last few years and. It’s an exciting time for the children and young people, staff and the community and I know they’re all delighted to be in their new school and Early Childhood Centre, making the most of the wonderful facilities they have here.”
Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning, said: “This is a marvellous building which has involved so much planning and work, but it’s all really worth it when you see the end product. It’s just a part of our ambitious ten year capital investment programme which will see tens of millions of pounds invested in our schools. We are building for the future by providing our young people with the very best learning environments and we are therefore delighted to see the keys being officially handed over to the children and staff in Muirkirk.”
Depute Provost Claire Leitch said: “What an incredible asset this will be to the community; to the children who will attend the Early Childhood Centre and primary school; to the staff who work here and to members of the community who I’m sure will make great use of the excellent facilities available.”
Euan Clark, Commercial Director of Ashleigh Building, added: “We are delighted to hand over the recently completed Muirkirk Primary School, Early Childhood Centre and Community Facility to East Ayrshire Council.
“The finished building looks fantastic, and the project was an exciting one to be involved with. East Ayrshire Council is a valued client, and its collaborative approach laid the foundations for the successful delivery of this exceptional facility. We would also like to note the involvement of our design team, particularly Anderson Bell Christie (Architects) and Clancy Consulting (Engineers).
“Project awards like this allow us to continue our established local employment and apprenticeship programmes, and also provide further supply chain opportunities within the region. We hope the Council, community, school staff and especially the pupils enjoy many happy years in their new building.”