HUB South West Scotland has appointed Kier Construction to deliver a £35m project which will see the creation of a new education campus in Kilmarnock.
Subject to approval by Scottish Ministers, a centre of excellence for Gaelic language development will also be based at the campus.
The design, build finance and maintain (DBFM) campus will attract revenue support from the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) as part of the Scottish Government’s “Scotland’s Schools for the Future” Phase 3 programme.
The new project will see a merger of Kilmarnock Academy and James Hamilton Academy on to one campus together with the merged Silverwood Primary and New Farm Primary and Early Childhood Centre.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, said, “We are committed to ensuring this will be an outstanding facility to fulfil the requirements of the 21st century educational curriculum for our young people.”
Kier Construction, an equity stakeholder in hub South West, will bring benefits to the local economy including job opportunities.
Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction’s Scottish business, said, “This is a significant investment into the East Ayrshire economy and we look forward to working with the local community and providing employment opportunities, including apprenticeships, for suppliers and subcontractors.”