£34.5 million Cumbernauld campus plans agreed

PLANS for a a new £34.5 million community campus in Cumbernauld that will combine a purpose-built high school and a new theatre and arts venue have been given the green light.

The facility, which will be built on the site of the existing Cumbernauld High School, will feature a secondary school accommodating 950 students following the amalgamation during the 2014/15 school session of Cumbernauld and Abronhill High Schools. The campus will also house a new theatre and arts venue for the Cumbernauld Theatre Trust, which will contain a 400-seat auditorium, box office and digital arts room.

The project is being developed by hub South West on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council.

Councillor Frank McNally, North Lanarkshire Council’s convener of education said, “The new Cumbernauld Academy and Theatre campus will become a much valued asset for the area. It demonstrates our commitment to giving our young people the best possible start as well as providing excellent facilities for the wider community.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West added, “The Cumbernauld Community Campus will symbolise a new era in the history and future development of the town.”

Morrison Construction will lead the construction. Allan Cunningham, operations director at the firm said, “We look forward to working closely with our partners, hub South West and North Lanarkshire Council, to deliver this exciting new development, our third in as many years.

“These excellent new facilities will provide a strong focal point for the local community and will provide students and staff with an exciting modern environment within which they can thrive.”