BAM delivers on Glasgow primary school project

BAM Construction has completed work on a primary school in Glasgow.

The contractor has successfully handed over Carntyne Primary School to hub West Scotland on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

The primary school, which is located in the playground of the existing school on Liberton Street, was delivered on time and within budget. It is designed to accommodate up to 231 pupils and features facilities including a multi-use games hall and administration offices.

The existing school remained operation during construction, which BAM said required careful consideration and planning.

The school forms part of a combined £18 million contract awarded to BAM, which includes a second primary school, Blairdardie, that is due for completion in spring 2019. Funding was made available through Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), which delivers public infrastructure investment on behalf of the Scottish Government through the hub network and Glasgow City Council.

Bruce Dickson, BAM Construction regional manager said, “Working on a site where the existing school remains operational and in the middle of a residential area always requires careful consideration and planning. Our project team developed exceptionally strong links to both the school and the local community, which have paid dividends.

“The team was very involved with the school and the pupils over the course of construction, which was very rewarding.

“The project also featured an apprenticeship initiative, delivered through First Steps Future Training, designed to support Syrian refugees. 17-year-old Omran Isbaa began a four-year painting apprenticeship working on site at Carntyne and is now working on placement at Blairdardie Primary School.”

Bruce added, “It’s been a very positive collaboration and I’m sure the pupils and teaching staff will enjoy their new surroundings.”

Iain Marley, chief executive, hub West Scotland commented, “ Carntyne Primary School is an inspiring and high quality learning environment with a fresh contemporary look and feel and high quality finishes throughout the school. We are thrilled to have delivered this project for Glasgow City Council on time and within budget and to have established such a positive relationship with the local community.

“These outcomes could not have been achieved without talent, hard work and a commitment to collaborate so my thanks go to the combined client, contractor, design team and other consultant partners for their endeavours which have resulted in this excellent illustration of the benefits of our partnership approach.”