Last week, South Ayrshire Council celebrated the Official Opening of Queen Margaret Academy with the deputy first minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP. The project was completed by Kier Construction on behalf of Development Partner hub South West Scotland.
The £25m Academy offers first-class facilities for c.800 schoolchildren. The 3-storey building provides 54 modern classrooms, an interactive ICT centre, a large games hall with two gyms as well as two all-weather pitches and hard games courts.
Working collaboratively with South Ayrshire Council and hub South West Scotland, the school provides a sustainable learning environment for current and future generations. The use of light and colour are focal points throughout the building, including an atrium that allows natural light in to the entrance.
The school opened on time in October last year and replaces the old school, which is on the same site, and is currently progressing through the demolition phase.
In 2016, first minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, announced Scottish Government funding, through its ‘Schools for the Future' programme, for the construction of the Queen Margaret Academy when she visited the school in 2016. Deputy first minister John Swinney has visited the site on a number of occasions, including when Kier broke ground February 2018.
Sean O'Callaghan, Operations Director of Kier Regional Building Scotland said: “We are pleased to have delivered this leading, modern academy with fantastic new sports facilities for 800 students and the wider community to enjoy, building on our track record of delivering quality schools throughout Scotland.
“Through hub South West Scotland, we worked with local suppliers to ensure that the project boosts the Ayrshire economy and provided local talent with the opportunity to gain valuable experience of working on a state-of-the-art building. This included creating 17 apprenticeships, 20 work placements, with four resulting in full time employment, and engaging with over 750 school pupils to discuss careers in the built environment.”
Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South Wes Scotland added: “We are proud to have delivered the new Queen Margaret Academy to South Ayrshire Council and it’s wonderful to now be celebrating the school’s Official opening and seeing the response from pupils, staff, parents and the local community. The new facilities are first-class and will help in shaping the futures of thousands of young people.
“This is the fifth Educational project we have successfully delivered on behalf of South Ayrshire Council following on from Dailly and Tarbolton Primary Schools, Marr College and Ayr Academy. We look forward to further expanding our Educational portfolio with the Authority on future projects.”
Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “Through our school build programme, we are transforming learning in South Ayrshire. The new Queen Margaret Academy signifies another chapter in the school’s future, and gives us an opportunity to reflect on its history.
“The fantastic new facilities will enhance the strong sense of pride and belonging that staff and pupils, past and present, contribute to and enjoy.”
Queen Margaret Academy is the latest school that Kier Regional Building Scotland has delivered, others include; Marr College and Ayr Academy within South Ayrshire.