Stirling businesses given school opportunity

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BUSINESSES in Stirling and the surrounding areas are being given the opportunity to win new contracts as part of the construction of St Margaret’s Primary School & Cowie Nursery.

Robertson has been selected as the main contractor for the projects and will work in partnership with other firms. St Margaret’s Primary School & Cowie Nursery will be delivered via the hub East Central Scotland framework – the joint partnership between the public and private sector to develop and deliver top local services across East Central Scotland.

The construction of the £3.7m primary school is due to commence in summer 2015 and is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

A one-off ‘Meet the Buyer’ event* is taking place at Cowie Community Centre on Thursday 26 February for local businesses to find out how they can potentially win new business as part of the project. Business owners can ask questions about the available supply-side opportunities and learn more about the contracts available.

A Community Consultation will be held after the event, where local residents can have any questions they may have about the project answered.

Martin Smith, Regional Managing Director for Robertson Central, said, “When delivering construction projects we work with local companies to ensure they are aware of all available contracts. We’ll be speaking directly to local businesses, many of which will never have been involved in this kind of work before.

“Meet the buyer events are a vital part of delivering these objectives to prioritise local financial and community investment and ensure projects have a far-reaching and enduring impact on the local economy.”

Sharon Johnston, Stirling Council Assistant Head of Education, added, “The new school will provide a better educational experience for local youngsters and also ensure that the building is fit for purpose, for modern-day and future needs. For instance, it will provide effective IT facilities and provide opportunities for outdoor learning. The nursery and school will be co-located, which will provide real benefits for the whole community. This is an exciting project: it is a real investment in this school, and also a real investment in the village of Cowie.”