Morgan Sindall hands over £10m school in Bearsden ahead of schedule

MORGAN Sindall has handed over a new £10 million primary school in Bearsden, which has been designed to accommodate some 450 pupils and allowed two former schools to operate in modern premises.

The school has been built on the site of what was St Andrew’s Primary. The new school – called St Nicholas’ Primary – replaces both St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s Primary in nearby Milngavie.

Morgan Sindall was appointed by hub West Scotland for East Dunbartonshire Council. It is the fifth school to be built through the Council’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP). Morgan Sindall has built four of these schools to date including the award-winning Lairdsland Primary.

St Nicholas’ Primary features one main 32,000 sq ft building, comprising 17 classrooms, designed without doors to encourage collaboration. Facilities  include a 3G synthetic pitch and dedicated spaces for art, science and display. A 3,400 sq ft hall has been designed with a retractable screen, allowing it to be divided if necessary. There is also a roof terrace for outdoor teaching.

Morgan Sindall revealed that the project has supported eight local apprentices, and students from nearby Bearsden Academy received careers talks and work placements.

Stuart Parker, Morgan Sindall’s managing director for Scotland said, “We’re incredibly pleased to complete this important project for the council and it’s particularly gratifying to hand it over early. It’s once again been great to work through hub West Scotland, which has enabled everyone involved to collaborate from day one.

“The other schools we’ve built under the council’s improvement programme have been universally well-received. I’m confident St Nicholas’ will be no different, and will prove an enduring addition to the education offering in East Dunbartonshire for years to come.”

Iain Marley, CEO at hub West Scotland added, “hub West Scotland is proud to have been trusted to deliver St Nicholas’ Primary and we are thrilled that the project has been completed ahead of schedule. The investment has created a high-quality, inspiring and flexible environment that evidences the Council’s commitment to improving the learning experience for all pupils.

“Our thanks and congratulations go to the East Dunbartonshire team, to our partners Morgan Sindall and Holmes Miller Architects, and the wider design team for their fantastic performance.”