Build of ‘architecturally striking’ school in East Kilbride moves step closer

THE build of a new primary school in East Kilbride has moved a step closer following the approval of the full business case by South Lanarkshire Council.

Grant funding and final approval will now be submitted to the city deal chief executive’s group and city deal cabinet for the construction of the Jackton Primary School.

The local authority said that the new build school would be for residents of the East Kilbride community growth area and the surrounding area.

The total estimated population in this area is up to 8,500 people, of which 623 are expected to be of primary school age. If given the full go ahead, the council said it expects the school to be completed by August 2023, with it adding that the building will be ‘architecturally striking’.

It would feature 17 classrooms and two general purpose areas, four additional support needs classrooms, and early learning and childcare facilities for up to 80 three/four year olds and 15 two-year olds. The school would be laid out over two storeys, whilst the attached early learning and child care centre would be at ground level in a single storey section.

There would also be a 7-a-side floodlit football pitch which can be utilised for community lets out with school hours.

The site of the proposed school was provided by the development consortium at no cost to the council, with it covering an area of just over two hectares.

South Lanarkshire Council leader, John Ross, said, “If approved by city deal cabinet, this school will be fantastic news for the community growth area. It means families who are considering moving to the area will have the benefit of a brand new, purpose-built school right on their doorstep.”