Work has started on the £6.6million Bilston Primary School in Midlothian.
McLaughlin & Harvey will deliver the complete design and construction of a single-storey 8 classroom primary school and nursery, as well as installing a multi-use games arena, sports pitch with flood lighting and car parking facilities.
Paul Griffen, Construction Director at McLaughlin & Harvey, said: “As a result of the continued investment from the council in education facilities, we are enormously proud to be playing a key role in delivering the first all-primary-ages teaching and learning space for the Bilston community. We have a solid track record of delivering education facilities across the UK and are currently on-site delivering the Easter Bush Innovation Centre for the University of Edinburgh just outside the village. We are proud that local people benefit from the projects we are involved in and we look forward to working with contractors from the area to deliver this excellent educational facility.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, Councillor Bob Constable, the cabinet member for education, said: “The new school will provide a first-class learning environment for our children. We look forward to welcoming the first pupils, hopefully around autumn of 2016. The state-of-the-art school will be much bigger and better equipped than the annex used by Roslin at the moment. I’m sure the staff, pupils and local community are all just as eager as we are to see this building finished and open.”