Work pro­gresses well on new high school

Due to open in 2018

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

The count­down is on for the open­ing of the new sta­teof-the-art £32 mil­lion West Calder High School.

The project is West Loth­ian’s largest ever sin­gle in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion, and is on track to wel­come pupils from August 2018. Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for ed­u­ca­tion David Dodds was joined by school pupils and in­vited guests from the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in the project for a spe­cial cer­e­mony to mark the oc­ca­sion. Coun­cil­lor Dodds said: “The new West Calder High School will give a real boost to learn­ing when it opens in a year’s time, and I’m de­lighted to see the good progress be­ing made. Pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­ment for ed­u­ca­tion can make a real dif­fer­ence to our young peo­ple, and the new West Calder High School’s in­no­va­tive de­sign will help pupils to achieve their full po­ten­tial.”

Con­struc­tion work on the school is pro­gress­ing well with the steel frame of the build­ing and in­stal­la­tion of con­crete floor slabs now fully com­pleted. Roof cladding is pro­gress­ing well and all of the roof lights have been in­stalled, with much of the build­ing now weath­er­tight. This has al­lowed in­ter­nal par­ti­tion wall work and elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal in­stal­la­tion work to be­gin.

The project for the new school is be­ing de­liv­ered for West Loth­ian Coun­cil through Hub South East Scot­land, with Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion ap­pointed to build the new school. Fund­ing for the devel­op­ment is be­ing pro­vided by West Loth­ian Coun­cil and the Scot­tish Fu­tures Trust’s Schools for the Fu­ture pro­gramme. Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s chief ex­ec­u­tive said: “We’re proud to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with West Loth­ian Coun­cil to help de­liver its big­gest sin­gle in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion – one which will pro­vide a unique and in­spired learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for its young peo­ple.”

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