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Academies break new ground with Barony Campus

The £68m new campus will provide new facilities for five schools

Posted by Alex Diggins | July 08, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Work on one of Scotland’s most talked about capital investment project - the Barony Campus - officially got underway this week as pupils gathered on site for the ground breaking ceremony. The £68m Barony Campus will incorporate The Robert Burns Academy, Lochnorris Primary School, Cherry Trees Early Childhood Centre and Hillside School, providing facilities for children, young people and the local community.

Work commenced on Monday 30 April as contractors Morrison Construction started to prepare the Broomfield site for the construction of this exciting campus development. Construction is scheduled for completion by summer 2020. Pupils representing all five schools involved in the merger were joined by invited guests including Leader Douglas Reid, Councillors Fiona Campbell and Tom Cook and Jeane Freeman MSP.

The Barony Campus will set out as a series of four interconnected buildings to provide accommodation for Early Years, Primary and Secondary learning communities including young people with additional support needs.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, said: “After a considerable period of discussion, deliberation and consultation, it really is a pleasure to see this project coming out of the ground. It’s one thing to see the drawings on paper, but it’s only when you are on site that you really appreciate the scale of this project and the impact it will have on the lives of our young people and communities.”

The new Campus offers excellent sports provision, including 2 full sized, floodlit synthetic rugby pitches, a 400m 4-lane running track with 6-lane sprint, 2 full sized grass pitches, a 7 aside floodlit synthetic pitch and an outdoor basketball court, together with 13 indoor courts in various configurations.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s Managing Director for Central Scotland, said: “We are excited to begin works on this state-of-the-art project,” said Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s Managing Director for Central Scotland. ‘‘We look forward to continuing our working partnership with East Ayrshire Council and delivering this wonderful education facility for pupils, staff and the community.”

Community recreation space will include a community café, meeting rooms, theatre space, enterprise kitchen, recording studio, music practice rooms and project space for textiles/crafts and pottery.

The two rugby pitches will be the first elements of the project to be completed. These will give both the community and the school early access to greatly enhanced facilities to those previously located on the grounds at Broomfield. They are scheduled for completion in early 2019.

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