Work starts on £7.7m school

New Lairdsland Primary being built
New Lairdsland Primary being built

Excited pupils from Lairdsland Primary helped cut the first sod on the site of their brand new school on the banks of the canal in Kirkintilloch.

Assisted by East Dunbartonshire Council leader, Rhondda Geekie, the young people took part in the official event to mark the start of construction of the £7.7m school.

Councillor Geekie said: “I am delighted that in these difficult financial times, the council is able to deliver this £7.7m building with our partners for the families of Kirkintilloch.

“What we are building is a modern school, fit for the 21st century in which pupils and teachers can learn and thrive.

“The enthusiasm and excitement among the pupils is tangible and I am sure that the finished article will live up to their high expectations. The young people of East Dunbartonshire deserve the very best learning environments.”

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

It is receiving £2.5m funding through the Scotland’s School for the Future programme, managed by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Acting head teacher at Lairdsland, Fiona Donaghey, said: “The plans are very exciting and we can’t wait to see our school taking shape.

“The children have been involved in the project for a long time and for them to be at this event, to get things officially moving is wonderful.”

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

P1 pupil, Ava, can’t wait to watch the school going up. She said: “I’m excited to see our new school especially the new classrooms and what our playground will look like.

“I’m delighted that I am getting to have a peek on site before the rest of my class but I will tell them all about it!”

The entire school community is looking forward to the move to the new building, which is expected to be complete before the summer break next year.

Chairperson of the Parent Council, Janet Cross, said: “We are all delighted to see the building taking shape and we are excited to see the future of our children’s education in East Dunbartonshire moving forward.”

Cabinet Secretary for Education Michael Russell said: “The Scottish Government is committed to delivering good quality, well designed, sustainable schools through the Schools for the Future programme.”

A video of the new school design is on the council’s website.