£6m school gets the green light in Kirkintilloch

Photograph Jamie Forbes 14.8.13   KIRKINTILLOCH.  Lairdsland Primary.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 14.8.13 KIRKINTILLOCH. Lairdsland Primary.

AMBITIOUS plans to build a new £6million primary school to replace the current historic building have been approved by councillors.

The new Lairdsland Primary will be built next to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Southbank Marina.

Council chiefs say the new school will be a much better environment for young people to learn in.

A spokesperson previously said: “The school will have activity spaces such as reading corners and quiet play areas, outdoor learning areas for each classroom and vibrant display and communal areas which are vital for learning, teaching and assessment.

“There will be improvements in wireless-enabled access to computing and technology facilities, indoor gym and library facilities, and outdoor astro-turf facilities to enable all pupils to achieve two hours of PE per week.

“The building will also be more pleasant and safer for young people to use, with the dining hall and toilets in the main building.”

The new school will have a capacity for 280 pupils. It’s expected to be built next year and it will replace the current building in Kerr Street, which opened in 1875.

Recreation and leisure facilities will be available to the wider community.

The original estimate for the new building was around £5million. However, purchasing additional land as well as extra cost pressures have bumped the price up.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board, said: “I am delighted the planning permission for the new Lairdsland Primary School has been granted.

“I look forward to seeing the work on the site commence in the coming months.”

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