Work begins on £12.4m Bishopbriggs school

Woodhill & Auchinairn new primary sod cutting

A sod cutting ceremony has marked the start of construction work at a new £12.4 million school and childcare centre in Bishopbriggs.

Pupils from Woodhill and Auchinairn Primaries and Cleddens Learning & Chidcare Centre were on hand for the milestone. The two storey building will replace the existing schools and learning and childcare centre when it opens in time for the 2016/17 session.

The facility will house around 560 pupils and 145 pre-school children.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie also attended the ground breaking ceremony. She said, “What a great way to kick 2016 off and signal our continued commitment to education in East Dunbartonshire. This is a very important development for the area and I am delighted that we are about to see the new building take shape.

“There has been a lot of consultation to get us to this point and we have listened to what parent, pupils, staff and local people have had to say about this new building. The finished building, playground areas and sports pitch will provide local children with a first rate educational experience.”

The school will be the third to be built as part of the Council’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP). The schools are being delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland.The first PSIP school, Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch, officially opened in May last year, with Lenzie Meadow set to follow in August 2016.