BAM Construction begins work on new £7m West Lothian school

BAM Construction has commenced work on the build of a new school in West Lothian for secondary pupils with additional support needs.

The new Cedarbank school will be located within The James Young High School in Livingston – bringing up to 140 Cedarbank pupils under one roof, with the existing school currently spread out over three locations in West Lothian.

Plans show that the school will feature a multi-purpose hall, specialist classrooms for  music, science, home economics, art, IT and life skills as well as base classrooms. There will also be a kitchen/dining area within the school and landscaped external areas which will include varied accessible and natural hard and soft landscaping, space to hold lessons outside and an outdoor allotment.

The £7 million project is being delivered by hub South East on behalf of the local authority. The organisation’s operations director, Roddy Clark, commented, “We’re proud to be working with our partners in West Lothian Council on another exciting learning estate development. The start of construction marks an important milestone in this project and we look forward to making the plans for Cedarbank a reality, providing both pupils and staff with new specialist facilities under one roof in a modern learning space.

“We’re also committed to ensuring that during construction, local people and SMEs benefit from a range of opportunities. From new jobs and work placements, to apprenticeships and curriculum support, this project will support both individuals and businesses and will result in increased social value for West Lothian, further promoting Hub’s commitment to local community benefits.”

Martin Cooper, construction director at BAM Construction, added, “We’re delighted to be part of the team delivering this innovative, purpose-built building which will provide quality care and education for the pupils of West Lothian for many years to come.”