Bankhead Primary rebuild has brought
Pupils and staff have given their thumbs up to the new Bankhead Primary School.
South Lanarkshire Council recently took possession of the newly-finished building from contractors Lend Lease, which cost £8.8million.
The new Bankhead Primary has 11 classrooms, the same as the old, but that’s virtually where the similarities end.
The impressive new building has an impressive IT suite, two general purpose rooms and a range of break out spaces.
The new school also has a nursery class for 50 children (morning and afternoon) plus all the other associated accommodation a nursery requires.
The modern campus also has a self contained community wing. The school benefits from a separate gym and dining hall but these two spaces are separated by a folding partition, which means that the school or community can benefit from a huge area of over 350 square metres for large events.
The old school, which opened in 1935, closed in January last year, with pupils being decanted to the old Spittal Primary School building, until the new building opened earlier this month.
Head teacher Margaret Bell said: “We are delighted with our new building, as it brings Bankhead Primary right into the 21st century.
“This is a wonderful place for our pupils to come and learn, as we have a perfect learning environment, with enhanced technology throughout the building.
“Phase two of the building is taking place just now in the playground with the building of the MUGA pitch, and the landscaping around the school, which looks like it will be finished by this August.
“It’s a total contrast with the old building, which had served its purpose and now we move on and look to the future.”
The Reformer was given a tour of the new building by staff members Marie Murphy and Alison McGhee.
Alison said: “The pupils love it - we’ve had one or two who’ve got lost in the first couple of weeks, but that’s only to be expected.
“By and large, the business life of the school goes on, as we have moved into our new home - they come in at 9am, and go to their classes, the gym, computing, and so on.”
Fit for purpose
Primary four pupils in the tremendous new gym hall at Bankhead Primary