School on track to open early in 2017

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathon Ged­des

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have re­vealed that work on the new Burn­side Pri­mary is still on sched­ule.

The Re­former re­cently re­ceived queries from par­ents at the school over whether work on the new build­ing was still on track.

But the coun­cil be­lieve the school will still be ready to reach its open­ing date of early 2017.

Pupils are cur­rently tak­ing classes at the de­cant build­ing on Lochlea Road, the site of the old Spit­tal Pri­mary.

Lynn Sherry, Head of Ed­u­ca­tion, said: “The con­struc­tion phase proper of the mod­erni­sa­tion of Burn­side Pri­mary School com­menced week be­gin­ning Novem­ber 9, 2015, as all the de­mo­li­tion and clear­ing of the site had been com­pleted.

“This has started with all ground works nec­es­sary to pre­pare the site for foun­da­tions, drainage and ser­vices for the build­ing.

“Th­ese works can take up to three months to com­plete.

“This will then be fol­lowed by the more ap­par­ent build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of fram­ing, roof­ing, win­dows and ex­ter­nal doors etc.

“The tar­get com­ple­tion date for the new school re­mains as early 2017.”

The £ 7.7mil­lion plan comes as the coun­cil com­plete their school mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme af­ter 11 years.

A new, two-storey ex­ten­sion will be con­structed on the site.

This will house a num­ber of class­rooms, gym/as­sem­bly fa­cil­i­ties, din­ing area, staff rooms and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties on the ground floor. Up­stairs, there will be class­rooms and spill out ar­eas.

A li­brary, ICT suite and gen­eral pur­pose room also will be cre­ated.

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