PLANS to build a new £25 million Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr have reached a major milestone with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close.
Kier Construction will be the main contractor on the project, which will provide places for 800 young people and feature modern classrooms, interactive ICT, a large games hall, two gyms, two all-weather pitches, and hard games courts. The building will also house Psychological Services and a Supported Learning Centre, which are already based at QMA.
The new Queen Margaret Academy will be built in the grounds of the existing school and is expected to open in 2019. The current building will then be demolished, with the site to be fully landscaped.
Councillor Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance at South Ayrshire Council said, “We’re committed to providing young people with the best possible start in life, and delivering a first-class education goes a long way to helping achieve that.
“By investing in this significant new building we’re creating a base to transform the way young people are taught, with the new school a more flexible space in which to deliver lessons.
“The building and facilities will also be available for community use, which will help make the project an important local hub. With initial work due to start in the next few weeks I look forward to seeing this ambitious new project take shape in the months ahead.”
Michael McBrearty, chief executive of delivery partner hub South West added, “The new Queen Margaret Academy is hub South West’s fifth educational collaboration with South Ayrshire Council, having recently completed the new Ayr Academy, innovative modernisation at Marr College in Troon, and new Primary Schools for Dailly and Tarbolton.
“The new academy will provide a wonderfully modern and inclusive community facility that will provide excellent resources and opportunities for the area. We look forward to proceeding to site with contractor Kier Construction in the coming weeks.”
Brian McQuade, MD of Kier Construction’s Scotland & north-east England business added, “We’re proud to continue our relationship with South Ayrshire Council and looking forward to delivering an exciting new project which reinforces our position as a UK leader across education. We’ll be on site soon to start to deliver this state-of-the-art teaching, sporting and community facility at Queen Margaret Academy, which will help to support future generations.
“As with all of our activity across Scotland, we will encourage the use of locally based suppliers and subcontractors, bringing economic growth in the area and providing employment and training opportunities for the people of Ayrshire.”