Financial close reached for Wick Community Campus
Posted on January 06, 2015
Hub North Scotland, the driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based projects across the north of Scotland, has reached financial close for the new £48.5million community campus in Wick.
The facility, which is set to replace the existing Wick High School, South Primary and Pultneytown Academy Primary School, is being delivered by the organisation after it was appointed as a development partner by the Highland Council.
The innovative campus is set to consist of two senior school teaching wings as well as a separate primary school with its own access. A special needs wing, sports block, library, swimming pool and fitness suite alongside three sports pitches will complete its offering.
Financial close marks the stage at which all of the project and financing agreements have been signed and related conditions have been met, a vital milestone in the process.
Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “Reaching financial close on the new Wick Community Campus is another important milestone for the project and one that we’re delighted to achieve before the end of 2014.
“There is no question that this development will be of massive benefit to the people of Wick and the surrounding area and hub North Scotland is committed to delivering this first class community facility that I’m sure will have a long, lasting impression on the region.
“We look forward to continue to work with the Highland Council, main contractor and the other stakeholders in the months ahead to deliver a complex that pupils and parents can be proud of.”
Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Education, Children and Adult Services Committee, said: “I am very pleased that the Wick Campus contract has now been signed off and the community can look forward to the new facilities being available. This is another major milestone in the Council’s programme of school building.”
Preparation work for the campus began in 2014, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, along with pupils from the three participating schools, leading the official turf cutting which officially marked the commencement of the project’s construction. The main contractor for the build is Morrison Construction, part of the Galliford Try group of companies.
The first phase of the project is due to be completed by autumn 2016.