Contractors hailed for build of £20m Prestwick North Education Campus

AN official opening ceremony has taken place at Prestwick North Education Campus, some ten months after Morgan Sindall completed works on the £20 million build.

BDP Architects is behind the design of the campus, with the project led by hub South West.

The opening ceremony allowed parents, carers, local clergy, councillors, and others to look around the facility, which brings together Glenburn Primary School, St Ninian’s Primary School, and an early years centre.

When the tours got underway, visitors had the opportunity to see the learning spaces, games hall, and central atrium. They also viewed the new Prestwick North Early Years Centre.

The campus boasts a range of green credentials, with guests hearing that everything is run purely on electric power, aided by energy-efficient air source heat pumps and solar panels on the roof.

Councillor Stephen Ferry, education portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council, said, “This fantastic campus is set to transform learning in Prestwick and beyond. Each school continues to have their own identity but benefits from modern, engaging, and inclusive teaching spaces. The central atrium connects the two schools, providing a unique setting where the children can learn, socialise, and dine together.

“The campus benefits from the latest renewable energy technologies. Modern construction techniques and materials have ensured the building is highly insulated, with energy consumption reduced by 61% compared to the old Glenburn and St Ninian’s Primary School buildings.

“We continue to ensure that our children and young people have every opportunity for the best start in life. Over the next decade, we will invest more than one hundred and ten million pounds in our schools and education facilities.

“I would like to thank hub South West Scotland, Morgan Sindall Construction, and BDP Architects for all their efforts. The campus has been short-listed for a Scottish Design Award which would be the culmination of all their hard work.”

Gaynor Hartley headteacher of Glenburn Primary; Jacqueline McPeake, head teacher of St Ninian’s; and Susan Cole, manager of Prestwick North Early Years Centre commented, “We are truly lucky to have this amazing facility and our pupils tell you how much they love their new campus. We have retained our school traditions and values, but there are numerous opportunities for us to work and learn together.

“BDP Architects and Morgan Sindall listened attentively to our views and the opinions of parents and pupils, and we were extremely grateful for this level of consultation.

“We feel privileged to have this fantastic learning environment which will allow all our children to reach their full potential.”

Michael Ross, chief executive of hub South West Scotland, said, “It is fantastic to see the campus has been so well received by both schools, early years centre and the local community. The highly experienced team worked exceptionally well together to achieve the highest design and quality standards.

“South Ayrshire Council’s vision in delivering this campus embracing sustainable measures demonstrates the commitment being made in delivering first class educational facilities that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”