£36m Garnock Community Campus set to open


THE £36 million Garnock Community Campus, which will cater for 1,500 students, has been formally handed over to North Ayrshire Council ahead of its January 10 opening date.

The new facility will serve the towns of Kilbirnie, Beith and Dalry and will bring together pupils who currently attend Garnock Academy, Glengarnock Primary school and Glengarnock Early Years Centre in the new Beith Road location.

The All Through learning campus features a six-lane swimming pool, fitness suite, theatre, games halls and a synthetic pitch suitable for rugby and football.

Garnock Community Campus head teacher Alan Dick said, “We are all extremely excited that the opening is now just days away and our young people and communities will get to use this amazing new facility. We have all worked incredibly hard to get to this stage. I must pay tribute to all the staff for their hard work and dedication – this has been a real team effort.

“Those efforts have been rewarded with a new school that will be fantastic to teach in and just as fantastic to learn in.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of development partner hub South West added, “The new Garnock Community Campus is a fantastic facility that will provide modern amenities to the local community and will be an innovative and inspiring environment for students to learn in.”

Brian McQuade, managing director of main contractor Kier Construction’s Scotland & North-East England business said, “Our involvement with hub South West Scotland and close working partnership with North Ayrshire Council have helped us deliver this state-of-the-art education and community facility, which will benefit young people in the Garnock Valley for years to come.

“Our focus on local economic growth and job creation has helped to support nine new jobs in the area, further illustrating our commitment to supporting and facilitating the regeneration of local communities.”