WEST Lothian Council is to invest £10 million to fix structural issues at three schools in the area.
The works will see construction issues addressed at Knightsbridge Primary in Livingston, Windyknowe Primary in Bathgate, and Our Lady’s Primary in Stoneyburn.
The £6.7 million programme for Knightsridge Primary will involve a complete replacement of the reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) panels. It comes after pupils were relocated to either Deans Primary School or Deans Community High in November 2022 following a structural report.
Windyknowe Primary has a £2 million programme to remove RAAC panels, which are only found in the nursery and a specific part of the first floor of the school. Remedial work, including replacing concrete lintels that have deteriorated, means that a £1.3 million investment programme is required at Our Lady’s Primary in Stoneyburn.
The local authority said that detailed surveys and inspections will take place at all three schools before a timetable for the works is agreed. Further investigations are also ongoing at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn, with an update provided to a future meeting of the council executive on potential options.
Executive councillor for education at West Lothian Council, Andrew McGuire, said, “It’s essential we continue to invest in our schools to ensure they remain fit for purpose. This £10 million investment programme will address historic construction issues in our school buildings and ensure they can continue to service their local communities for many years to come.”