The new Daliburgh Primary School in South Uist was successfully completed this week and handed over to the facilities management contractor FES FM Ltd.
The facility will open as planned to welcome its first pupils at the start of the new academic year on 16th August.
While not originally conceived as forming part of the Western Isles Schools Project, Daliburgh Primary School subsequently received funding assistance from the Scottish Futures Trust as part of their ‘Schools for the Future’ programme and was approved by the Comhairle in late March 2011. Works commenced on site in early May 2011 which will mean that the entire project has been successfully delivered from inception to completion in a period of less than two years.
A second phase of works, which will see the demolition of the old school and the construction of bus and car parking as well as the completion of all external landscaping will commence in mid August 2012 for completion in December 2012. A full size grass pitch, which also received grant assistance from Sport Scotland, is also under construction with availability scheduled for early 2013.
The new Daliburgh Primary School, which also includes a new community library, is the fifth of six schools comprising the £125m Western Isles Schools Project (WISP) to be successfully handed over on time and budget following the earlier completions of Point, Balivanich and West Side Primary Schools, the first phase of the Sir E Scott School and the completion of the new Nicolson Institute on 30 July 2012.
Martin Joyce, Head of Operations for Sgoiltean Ùra stated: “The significance of this achievement cannot be underestimated. In August 2010, the provision of a new school in Daliburgh was still only an aspiration for the Comhairle and the local community. Today, less than two years later, the school is complete and ready for the start of the new term. This demonstrates that the decision by the Comhairle to further invest in the WISP has delivered real and tangible benefits to the people of the Western Isles.”
Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of the Comhairle noted: “It is fantastic to see the final Primary School being handed over alongside the last two remaining schools which originated within the Western Isles Schools Project. In parallel with the schools which are already complete and operational, the Comhairle can now get on with the task of delivering quality education in quality schools in the Outer Hebrides.”
Gemma Gordon, Associate Director with the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), stated: “I am absolutely delighted that Daliburgh Primary School is one of the first schools to be delivered within the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. The school has been designed with sustainability and community use very much in mind. This is an exciting facility which will undoubtedly become a focal point for the whole community.”