Check out progress on Kirkintilloch’s new school

An artist's impression of hwo the new Lairdsland Primary will look.
An artist's impression of hwo the new Lairdsland Primary will look.

Pupils and parents at Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch have been able to keep an eye on the progress of their new school – literally.

Pupils have been able to see the work being carried out through a video on the East Dunbartonshire Council website.

A webcam has been capturing progress of the new £7.7 million building at the construction site on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal since the first sod was cut in the spring.

Recent weeks have seen the steel framework go up which has made interesting viewing.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said, “It’s very exciting to see the school building starting to emerge and the progress of late has been very obvious.

“For anyone who is not passing regularly, the video of the construction process is a great way to keep up to date.

“The shell that we see developing will house a modern, well-equipped school which will give pupils access to the very best educational opportunities.

“I am watching its creation with keen interest.”

The existing traditional Victorian school opened in 1875 and will be replaced by a modern building with flexible indoor/outdoor learning areas and a multi-use games area.

The award-winning design of the new school is being used as a reference design for new primary schools across Scotland.

For a fly-through of the new school design and to see the progress videos, check out the Primary School Estate section on the homepage of the Council website (

The Scottish Government has contributed £2.5m to the £7.7m project through the Scotland’s Schools for the 
Future programme.

The council’s other partners involved in the delivery of the new school include hub West Scotland, a public private joint venture organisation. Others are Morgan Sindall, the main contractor, and architecture firm Walters and Cohen, appointed to design the new school.