Excited children, staff and invited guests have celebrated the start of work on the new Muirkirk Primary School, Early Childhood Centre and Community Facility.
Construction work by Ashleigh is already under way on the single storey building which will feature the brand new primary school, an early childhood centre and community facilities, complete with a community garden and fun play areas for the children.
The building, which is due for completion next summer, has been designed to be extremely energy efficient, and has an ‘A’ energy rating. The school and community will be involved throughout the project, with local people already having been 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 very pleased with the early progress on this new building, which will provide a state of the art learning environment for our children and pupils in Muirkirk and purpose built facilities for the community to use.
“The planning that goes into a project like this is immense and very detailed, so that we can ensure that the building will provide the very best accommodation for everyone who will use it. It’s an exciting time for the children and young people, staff and the community and I know they all can’t wait to get into their new building next summer.”
Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning, said: “Muirkirk Primary School, Early Childhood Centre and Community Facility is 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 I look forward to seeing the finished project next year.”
Ashleigh has made a commitment to employ local young people at the site through apprenticeship schemes. And the good news is that five young people are now in post and are serving their apprenticeships in joinery, painting and decorating and bricklaying.