Construction milestones marked at two new South Ayrshire campuses

BUILDING work is underway on two new South Ayrshire campuses.

Pupils and staff from schools in Maybole and Prestwick joined councillors and the hub South West construction team to celebrate the milestones.

Maybole Community Campus, set to open in 2023, will incorporate Carrick Academy, St Cuthbert’s Primary, and a new non-denominational primary school. This will bring together Cairn and Gardenrose Primary Schools and associated Early Years Centres, and will have capacity for up to 1,370 pupils.

The local community will also benefit from facilities at the campus, including a swimming pool, a meeting space, enhanced sporting facilities, and a changing pavilion.

Prestwick Educational Campus, meanwhile, will provide a learning environment for over 800 children from Glenburn and St Ninian’s Primary Schools, and associated nursery provision when it opens in 2022. Foundations work on the campus, which is being built on the existing Glenburn Primary site, is almost complete. The schools will continue to operate individually on the site but will benefit from shared facilities.

Morgan Sindall Construction was awarded the contract to build both campuses, which have been designed by BDP and are described by South Ayrshire Council as ‘highly sustainable’ with no use of fossil fuels.

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for children and young people, said, “I’m delighted that work has begun on both campuses. It’s our priority to ensure our children and young people get the best possible start in life and thrive throughout their years at school. This investment in our school estate will bring fantastic learning facilities to Maybole and Prestwick, helping us to close the attainment gap in South Ayrshire.

“The new campuses will not only provide modern and engaging environments for our young people, but they will also become central hubs for the surrounding communities, and I look forward to seeing the buildings take shape.”