Aberdeen school project gathers momentum
Posted on March 29, 2016
The first construction milestone has been reached as a new school in Aberdeen for children with additional support needs arising from severe and complex factors takes shape.
The £17million Centre of Excellence is being delivered by hub North Scotland after it was appointed development partner by Aberdeen City Council. Ogilvie Construction is the main contractor.
Preparatory work began on the Howes Road site in Bucksburn in November and the main phase of construction is well underway – with the skeleton of the first wing of the innovative building now in place.
The new school will provide education and support for up to 120 full-time children from three to 18 years of age with severe and complex educational and medical needs. It will replace Woodlands School and Hazelwood School. A pre-school additional support service, currently provided in Seaton School, will also be relocated to the new building.
Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “In any project there are a number of key stages, both in the planning and preparation as well as during the construction programme. The erection of the steel frame is always one of the most visible signs of progress and we are delighted that stage has been reached on the west wing. The east wing frame is due to be completed next month and will represent another leap forward.
“hub North Scotland is working with Aberdeen City Council on a number of projects, all of which will make a significant and positive impact on the delivery of services to the communities these facilities serve. This project will enhance the care and education provision for children with additional support needs and will be a real asset to the city for generations to come.”
Work on the Centre of Excellence is expected to be completed by April 2017.