Shap­ing up nicely

New Bankhead Pri­mary com­ing to­gether

Rutherglen Reformer - - Schools - Kenny Smith

Work on the new Bankhead Pri­mary School is con­tin­u­ing apace.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ap­pointed Lend Lease as prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor for con­struc­tion of the new Ruther­glen school.

The new Bankhead Pri­mary will com­prise of 11 class­rooms, gym, kitchen, chang­ing area, din­ing hall, ICT suite, staff ar­eas, gen­eral pur­pose ar­eas / open spa­ces, a hy­giene room, a multi use games area ( MUGA) pitch, and a com­mu­nity wing.

The old school, which opened in 1935, closed in Jan­uary this year, with pupils be­ing de­canted to the old Spit­tal Pri­mary School build­ing, un­til the new build­ing opens next year.

Drew Kearins, the site man­ager for con­struc­tion firm Lend Lease, said: “Our SFS Fram­ing is nearly com­plete with the brick work pro­gress­ing well be­hind it.

“The Clerestory glaz­ing has been in­stalled with clo­sure flash­ings be­ing man­u­fac­tured at present, with th­ese fit­ted, our roof works will be com­plete.

“The el­e­va­tion win­dows are now start­ing to ar­rive on site and should be fit­ted on pro­gramme mak­ing the build­ing wa­ter tight be­fore we stop for the Christ­mas hol­i­day

“The in­ter­nal par­ti­tions are mov­ing fast. Due to the atrium area in the mid­dle of the new school, we need to con­cen­trate on all high level works prior to the un­der floor heat­ing be­ing in­stalled.

“The in­ter­nal fire stair handrails are also on­go­ing with the fea­ture stair on site await­ing in­stal­la­tion.”

LendLease have also been keen to in­volve young­sters at Bankhead dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Drew added: “We asked the Bankhead Nurs­ery staff if we could call in and talk to the kids about the dan­gers of play­ing on build­ing sites.

“The re­sponse from the kids was great, we man­aged to pur­chase some small hats and vests and the kids were more than happy to model them for a group photo along with our safety mas­cot Coney.”

Lynn Sherry, head of ed­u­ca­tion at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “The coun­cil is de­lighted to see the new school tak­ing shape and looks for­ward to a fa­cil­ity open­ing that will pro­vide a 21st cen­tury en­vi­ron­ment for the ed­u­ca­tion of lo­cal chil­dren for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Safety mes­sage Lend Lease staff vis­ited the Bankhead Nurs­ery to talk about the dan­gers of play­ing on build­ing sites

The shape of things to come The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior of the new Bankhead Pri­mary

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