Milestone for £37m Cumbernauld Academy and Theatre Campus

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Mark Cairns (headteacher at Cumbernauld Academy) and Tom Castles (North Lanarkshire Council Depute Provost)

A sod cutting ceremony has marked the start of construction work at the £37 million Cumbernauld Academy and Cumbernauld Theatre Campus.

The project, which is a collaboration between North Lanarkshire Council and hub South West Scotland, is being built by Morrison Construction.

The new campus will have capacity for 950 pupils following the amalgamation of Cumbernauld High School and Abronhill High School as well as a 400-seat replacement venue for the current Cumbernauld Community Theatre.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, was in attendance for the beginning of the work. He said, “I am delighted to be here in Cumbernauld to formally mark the start of work on this wonderful project, which will be a welcome boost to the local economy, creating apprenticeship opportunities for young people and construction jobs.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West Scotland added, “We are very pleased to be building on our portfolio of work with North Lanarkshire Council with this being the third in a series of large schools designed and built via this partnership. It’s wonderful to see this innovative and much anticipated project now progressing to site after the continuous hard work of all partners involved.

“We look forward to seeing the Cumbernauld Academy and Cumbernauld Theatre Campus progress and to seeing the positive impact it will have in the local area.”