Pupils set to move into refurbished west wing
hub North Scotland and contractor Morrison Construction have officially handed over Dunoon’s newly refurbished primary school to Argyll and Bute Council.
Extensive work has been carried out to the school as part of a £10.5 million investment by the council to transform it into a school fit for the 21st Century, whilst maintaining its listed building status.
Pupils can now look forward to moving into the refurbished west wing of the building on Wednesday 14 November.
The next phase will see the demolition of the east wing and construction of a new replacement wing. When this is complete the new-look primary will provide capacity for up to 300 pupils and 30 early learning and childcare places. It will also house a new family centre, gym hall, library, early learning and childcare centre, and staff accommodation. A link will be made to connect the refurbished west wing to the new east wing, with a feature staircase.
Welcoming the news, the Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “We want the very best start for our young people, and I am in no doubt that this phase in the wonderful new state-of-the-art facility will help us to provide that.
“Not only will it enable pupils to realise their full potential, but it will enable them to really enjoy their learning experience. Our vision is that we will realise ambition, excellence and equality for all. This new school will help our young people to achieve that.
“I wish all the staff and pupils the very best of luck and many happy years of learning and look forward to completion of the next phase.”
Head Teacher Brenda Reid said: “We are all delighted with the refurbishment of this part of the school. It’s so bright and spacious, and will provide pupils and staff with a modern teaching environment that will benefit them for many years to come. We can’t wait to move in and are already looking forward to completion of the whole project”
hub North Scotland Chief Executive, Michael Padzinski said: “We are delighted to successfully reach this important milestone in the work to create an excellent facility for teaching and learning. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council to achieve the next phase of this exciting project.”