Build of new Airdrie school tied up

MORGAN Sindall Construction has completed work on a new 484-place primary education campus in Airdrie.

Hilltop Primary has been created following the merger of Dunrobin and Petersburn primaries

The £17 million project was delivered through the council’s Schools and Centres 21 framework. The campus features 16 teaching spaces, eight language and communication support bases, three multi-purpose rooms gym, nursery and dining areas – with a 3G sports pitch due to be put in place of the neighbouring soon-to-be demolished former school building.

Morgan Sindall Construction also donated a tie to every pupil in celebration of completing the build, after a vote was taken by the schoolkids on a new uniform colour.

Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall Construction in Scotland said, “Across Scotland, public sector leaders are looking to provide first-class teaching spaces to ensure our young people have the best possible start in life. But in an era of continued austerity they’re challenged to ensure any investment is incredibly efficient.

“Co-locating neighbouring schools in need of renovation and expansion, into modern campuses can undoubtedly be part of the solution. Delivering this kind of project requires open and early dialogue between every stakeholder involved. Careful consideration of how each former school’s identity can form part of the new establishment is all important.

“Involving pupils in the design of the new school uniform was a great touch and we were delighted to play our part in that by providing the ties to mark the project’s completion.”

Councillor Frank McNally, convener of education and families added, “The new Hilltop primary is an outstanding environment for pupils to learn and thrive and it will also bring considerable benefits to the entire community.The new building is incredible. It is bright and airy with great views and there’s a real sense of space. It is a truly wonderful facility fit for 21st Century education.”