£5m re­furbs plans boost

First class start to the new term

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

Pupils and staff at Braid­hurst and Taylor High Schools started the new term on a high af­ter hear­ing their schools will ben­e­fit from a £ 5 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme.

The in­vest­ment pro­gramme will im­prove the heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and in­ter­nal dec­o­ra­tion of the school build­ings whilst re­duc­ing heat­ing costs and car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

Braid­hurst High will shortly see a se­ries of works be­ing car­ried out, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of high-ef­fi­ciency boil­ers, heat­ing in­su­la­tion and im­proved ven­ti­la­tion and win­dow sys­tems by Septem­ber 2018.

It will also have new front doors at the en­trance to the build­ing.

Braid­hurst head­teacher Carolyn Rooney said: “We are de­lighted to hear that the re­fur­bish­ment works to up­grade the school’s fa­cil­i­ties will shortly com­mence.

“Im­por­tantly, the new heat­ing sys­tem will pro­vide pupils and staff with a more com­fort­able and im­proved en­vi­ron­ment, which all helps to­wards a more pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all.”

Taylor High School will have re­place­ment win­dows, im­proved in­su­la­tion and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems and new cladding on the first floor.

The school will also have a new en­trance cre­ated and the in­ter­nal vestibule will be re­vamped, mak­ing it more at­trac­tive and spa­cious.

Work is due to be com­pleted by April next year.

Taylor High act­ing head Ni­cola Da­ley said: “We are pleased that the fa­cil­i­ties at our school will un­dergo a pro­gramme of up­grad­ing work.

“There will be a sig­nif­i­cant change to the front en­trance of the school which, I’m sure, will set the scene for staff, pupils and vis­i­tors com­ing into the build­ing, as a lively and in­spir­ing place of learn­ing.”

The bid to carry out the re­fur­bish­ment plan was ap­proved at the coun­cil’s Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee ear­lier this month as part of its agreed tar­geted in­vest­ment pack­age to up­grade five sec­ondary schools in the Mother­well area.

The coun­cil’s deputy leader Paul Kelly added: “This pro­gramme of works is part of an agreed in­vest­ment pack­age that will un­doubt­edly im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties for staff and pupils, re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion and will help to ex­tend the life­span of the schools.”

Plan­ning ahead Braid­hurst pupils with head­teacher Carolyn Rooney along­side coun­cil­lors Paul Kelly and Frank Mc­Nally

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