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Green light for Queen Margaret Academy's £25m project

Queen Margaret Academy's development will provide places for 800 pupils and will be built in the grounds of the existing school

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 24, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Plans to build a new Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr are a step closer with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close.

South Ayrshire Council is now preparing to move onsite to get work underway on Ayr's Queen Margaret Academy.

The £25m project will provide places for 800 young people, with modern classrooms, interactive ICT, a large games hall, two gyms, two all-weather pitches, and hard games courts. The building will also house Psychological Services and a Supported Learning Centre, which are already based at QMA.

The facility will be built in the grounds of the existing school and is expected to open in October 2019. The current building will be demolished after the new school opens, with the site to be fully landscaped. The main contractor for the project will be Kier Construction.

Councillor Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance at South Ayrshire Council, said the latest announcement was an important milestone, “We’re committed to providing young people with the best possible start in life, and delivering a first-class education goes a long way to helping achieve that.”

“By investing in this significant new building we’re creating a base to transform the way young people are taught, with the new school a more flexible space in which to deliver lessons,” continued Peter. “The building and facilities will also be available for community use, which will help make the project an important local hub. With initial work due to start in the next few weeks I look forward to seeing this ambitious new project take shape in the months ahead.”

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