School is ready

£32m West Calder High

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Mar­jorie Kerr

Con­struc­tion work has been com­pleted on the new £32 mil­lion West Calder High School.

The keys to the state- of- the- art build­ing have been handed over to West Loth­ian Coun­cil by de­vel­oper Hub South East and main con­trac­tor Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion.

The 1100 ca­pac­ity school is West Loth­ian’s big­gest sin­gle in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion, as well as pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties ac­ces­si­ble to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

It has been de­liv­ered on time and on bud­get, with staff now get­ting the build­ing ready for the first pupils start­ing at the new school in Au­gust.

Fu­ture pupils joined West Loth­ian’s ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for ed­u­ca­tion David Dodds, Hub South East’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul McGirk and Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion op­er­a­tion’s di­rec­tor Al­lan Cun­ning­ham to mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Dodds said: “We are de­lighted to re­ceive the keys to the fan­tas­tic new West Calder High School, which we be­lieve is the finest fa­cil­ity of its kind in the UK just now.

“West Loth­ian al­ready has one of the best school es­tates in Scot­land, thanks to on­go­ing in­vest­ment, and West Calder rep­re­sents the very lat­est in school de­sign to boost the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Thanks to Hub South East and Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion for their hard work in de­liv­er­ing a fa­cil­ity that will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the next gen­er­a­tion of West Loth­ian young peo­ple.”

Mr McGirk added: “I’m de­lighted to have handed over the keys to the new West Calder High School to West Loth­ian Coun­cil, on sched­ule, within bud­get and ready for pupils and staff to en­joy when school starts again in Au­gust.

“This project is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of part­ner­ship work­ing in ac­tion, with a fan­tas­tic team work­ing to­gether to de­sign, de­velop and de­liver a truly in­spir­ing new ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity.

“We look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing on fu­ture projects.”

Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion’s Al­lan Cun­ning­ham said: “In build­ing this fan­tas­tic new school, we have de­liv­ered state- of- the- art ed­u­ca­tional, arts and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties that will ben­e­fit not only cur­rent and fu­ture stu­dents, but the wider com­mu­nity too.

“It is won­der­ful to know the project has been able to di­rectly ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity, sup­port­ing six grad­u­ates, 71 new and ex­ist­ing trainees and ap­pren­tices, and cre­at­ing 27 new jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.”

We’ve got the key West Calder High pupils with Hub South East chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul McGirk, Cllr David Dodds, and Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion’s Al­lan Cun­ning­ham

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