An opening ceremony for a multi-million pound school in North Uist has been held.
Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath was built by infrastructure group, Robertson, and is the seventh new school to open in the Western Isles in the last six years.
The £8.8m school received £2.2m in funding from the Scottish Government while the remaining £6.6m was invested by the local school authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Robertson acted as main contractors on the project on behalf of construction and property services company, Willmott Dixon.
The work was procured through the National Major Works framework of Scape Group, a public sector-owned built environment group.
Reid Gilmour, operations manager, Robertson Central, commented, “It has been a pleasure working in partnership with Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to deliver this new school through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.
“It has been a logistically challenging but incredibly rewarding project that has been achieved with the help of the local community. Project Manager Finlay MacInnes and I have enjoyed our time here and I would like to thank everyone for their support.”
Mark Robinson, chief executive of Scape Group, added, “At Scape Group we are very excited to be helping to deliver a fantastic new school to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in a move which will provide an excellent future for the island’s young people, as well as help to evolve the education system in the Western Isles.
“Working collaboratively through our National Major Works framework, Robertson and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have proved that investment in high quality school buildings is not reserved for big cities, and that it is possible to deliver great design in every community, including the Western Isles.”