New school building is an award-winner

The 3rd Annual Scottish Property Awards.'Picture by John Young � 2016'ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The 3rd Annual Scottish Property Awards.'Picture by John Young � 2016'ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

East Dunbartonshire’s newest primary school has been recognised as one of Scotland’s top new buildings at an awards ceremony

Almost one year on from its grand opening, Lairdsland Primary School was one of the big winners at the Scottish Property Awards.

Situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Kirkintilloch, it landed the trophy for the prestigious ‘Development of the Year’ category for public buildings.

The £7.7m school was the first to be built through the council’s controversial Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP) and was dogged by spiralling costs.

It was partly funded by Scottish Futures Trust, which went on to select the building as a reference design primary school for Scotland.

Council leader, Rhondda Geekie, welcomed news of the success.

She said: “On a night when the best buildings, businesses and teams in Scotland’s commercial property sector are honoured, it was a huge thrill to be among the winners.

“Lairdsland Primary School provides a modern, bright and inspirational learning environment for pupils and it is easy to see why it has been established as a reference design for Scotland, informing a number of new school designs across the country.

“Pupils and teachers love its open and flexible style with its bright and airy spaces for learning. It is almost one year old and this award is a very fitting birthday present.”

The council worked with its development partner hub West Scotland, to deliver the school after consultation with pupils, parents, staff and the community.

Debbie McNamara, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “I am delighted to see Lairdsland, our first school delivered with East Dunbartonshire Council, gaining such important recognition from the Scottish Property Awards.

“I am proud of the successful partnership we have with the Council, and look forward to seeing the next PSIP schools reaching completion.”