PUPILS have entered the new £60 million Maybole Community Campus for the very first time.
The campus, which incorporates a new Carrick Academy, Culzean Primary & Early Years Centre, and St Cuthbert’s Primary will be officially opened next summer, but with the main campus complete local children and young people were welcomed in for the new school term.
Pupils and staff are already making the most of their new learning environment but the facility, which is being built by Morgan Sindall, also features two full size sports pitches, hard games courts, a rooftop playground, and an amphitheatre.
Children attending Culzean Primary Early Years Centre will get their first look at the facility when it opens on Monday 4 September. In the meantime, early years provision will operate from the former Cairn and Gardenrose Primary School buildings.
The new campus swimming pool will be completed later this year and will open to the public in January 2024. The current swimming pool off Kirkoswald Road, will remain in use until then.
Lyndsay McRoberts, director of education at South Ayrshire Council, said, “This is the council’s biggest ever investment in a community campus, replacing all the schools in the town was a massive undertaking. Despite rising costs, and a slight delay, we have delivered the main campus and I look forward to seeing the finished project.”
Michael Ross, chief executive of hub South West Scotland, added, “We are pleased to have delivered this vibrant community campus for South Ayrshire Council. It provides a fantastic and inspiring learning environment for pupils and staff, from early years’ through to secondary school.”
Stuart Parker, MD of Morgan Sindall Construction Scotland, said, “We’re extremely proud to deliver this state-of-the-art learning facility and hope it provides an inspiring and exciting learning environment for its students to enjoy now and for years to come. A special thanks must go to South Ayrshire Council, hub South West Scotland and our supply chain who have all helped bring the campus to life. We can’t wait for everyone to benefit from what it has to offer as the pupils now move into the building.”