Build of new childcare facility complete in Inverness

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MORGAN Sindall has completed works on the build of a childcare building at Hilton Primary School in Inverness.

The purpose-built facility has capacity for 129 children and has been built in-line with Morgan Sindall’s decarbonising communities strategy.

It features four new classrooms with free flow access to outdoor space, a new reception area, cloak space, and a dining area. An improved play area is also found outside, alongside improvements to the existing car parking layout, new cycle bays, and drop off provision.

Pupils attending Hilton Primary School were involved in a construction forum launched in collaboration with the school and Morgan Sindall. The firm took youngsters on weekly tours of the site and discussed its progress, with pupils having the chance to ask questions before reporting back to class with updates on the works.

To acknowledge their work throughout the project, certificates of achievement were awarded to the pupils involved in the construction forum. The certificates were signed by Morgan Sindall and the school’s head teacher.

Housing and property chair at the Highland Council, councillor Glynis Sinclair, said, “It is excellent news that the pupils at Hilton Primary School have a brand new ELC building to enjoy. The building is an asset to the community but also to the Council as its design will help to meet our ambitious Net Zero carbon targets which are at the forefront for leading to reduced waste, reduced embedded carbon, and reduced whole life carbon.

Education chair at the Highland Council, councillor John Finlayson, added, “Well done to the pupils of the school’s construction forum for making sure that their classmates were updated each week on the progress of their new ELC building. It is great that the school and Morgan Sindall provided the opportunity for pupils to receive a unique learning experience by getting them involved directly with the project with site visits and taking the time to answer any questions they had.

“It is important that our children are encouraged to take an interest in developments in their school environment while also learning about the world of work and the construction industry. Their involvement will help to improve not only their own learning experience but also those of other pupils in the future.”