‘We are investing millions for future’
Plans for schools and care homes
UP TO £220 million of building projects were today laid out by a North-east council.
Plans for new schools, care homes, recycling centres and factories have been set out by the Aberdeenshire authority.
The latest moves have seen the council opening the bidding for private firms to manage major building projects over a four-year period.
This came despite the council being forced to axe £101m from its budget last year.
Aberdeenshire Council leader Anne Robertson, pictured, said she was pleased the authority was able to keep investing.
She said: “This is an ambitious plan at a time when budgets are under real pressure.
“We are continuing to invest in key building programmes. There are a number of communities that will benefit from renewed and refurbished schools across Aberdeenshire.
“We have a good balance of projects moving forward across all services.”
The council’s capital plan includes £164.1m to be spent on new primary and secondary schools in the next 15 years.
From this cash, the authority is planning to spend more than £100m on new academies at Kemnay, Alford, Ellon and Laurencekirk.
The contract, which is asking for three to five firms to manage the design and construction of building projects, sees £39m set out for new schools to be built and existing schools refurbished between 2015 and 2025. On the social work side of the plan, £27.2m is planned for three new care homes. Work on the £11.2m Blythe wo o d care village in Stonehaven is under
Planning for an £8m project at Edenholme in Port Elphinstone, near Inverurie, has also begun.
Another new £8m care home now features in the contract – to be built in north Aberdeenshire.
As well as schools and a care home, the firms which secure the contract would be responsible for delivering more than £21.2m for new landfill sites and recycling centres, council offices worth £17.3m and a portfolio of industrial and factory units worth £12.8m.
The capital projects are funded by the cash allocated to Aberdeenshire Council by the Scottish Government.
PROPOSALS: An artist’s impression of how the new Ellon Academy – which is part of the capital plan – could look.