New £40.9m Boclair Academy officially opened in Bearsden

AN official opening ceremony has been held after work was completed on the build of the new £40.9 million Boclair Academy in Bearsden.

Wates Construction limited was main contractor on the project, with McLaughlin & Harvey being appointed as sub-contractor by the firm to complete the whole works.

Also involved were Ryder Architecture, who designed the school; Doig & Smith, as independent cost consultant; Curtins, civil and structural engineer on the project; and Hawthorne Boyle as mechanical and electrical engineer.

Pupils, teachers, parents, councillors, and invited guests recently joined East Dunbartonshire’s provost Gillian Renwick to celebrate the official opening of the new facility.

Provost Renwick said, “There is a great feeling of warmth and community within Boclair Academy and since the doors opened at the start of term in August, pupils, teachers and staff have really made this new building their own. The official opening ceremony was an opportunity for senior pupils to show invited guests around their fantastic new building, which is fitted with the latest technology and has flexible learning areas both inside and out. Guests were also treated to excellent hospitality and outstanding musical performances throughout the evening.

“It was an honour to officially open this wonderful new school building and I wish pupils, teachers and staff every success in their new accommodation.”

Headteacher Douglas Brown added, “Boclair Academy is a wonderful school, a school we have always been exceptionally proud of. However, we now have a stunning new building, which the school community was heavily involved in designing, and we could not be more proud! Work has already begun on improved outdoor sport facilities alongside a fully integrated landscape design, which will include car and cycle parking bays, and we look forward to seeing that completed in the coming year.

“It was a privilege to welcome Provost Renwick to officially open our new school and to celebrate with our invited guests as we begin this new chapter in Boclair Academy’s history.”