A MAJOR milestone has been reached in the construction of the new Daliburgh Primary School on South Uist with the recent completion of the structural steel frame.
Martin Joyce, Head of Operations at Sgoiltean Ùra, commented: “As the inclusion of Daliburgh within the Western Isles Schools Project was only confirmed in late March this year, we are delighted that construction works have already reached this significant milestone and we remain on programme to open the school at the start of the new academic year in August 2012.”
Cllr Norman A Macdonald, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Vice Chair of Policy and Resources and Chair of Sgoiltean Ùra, added: “The Comhairle is delighted that in conjunction with our partners at Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust, we are able to provide an excellent new facility for pupils, staff and the community whilst at the same time generating a significant boost to the local economy.”
The new Daliburgh school is being built immediately adjacent to the existing school which will remain fully operational throughout the construction period.
Minister for Learning and Skills, Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said: “Today an important step on the road to seeing pupils at Daliburgh able to enjoy being taught in a modern school environment and join an increasing number being across the country who are taught in good quality learning environments.
“The Scottish Government is determined to see the situation improve further, with at least 55 new schools due to be built or substantially refurbished across the country through the £1.25billion ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ programme.”
He added: “The new Daliburgh Primary School, towards which the Government is contributing funding of £2.4m, will soon become the kind of welcoming environment that we can expect to see more of around the country.”
The innovative £1.25bn Schools for the Future programme is being delivered by Scottish Futures Trust, and will benefit every Local Authority across Scotland.
And commenting on the Daliburgh works, Gemma Gordon, Associate Director with Scottish Futures Trust stated: “When complete, this will truly be a school for the future as it has been designed with flexibility at its core making it far easier for the school to adapt to meet future curriculum demands,” adding: “The school will have significantly improved environmental performance with a reduced carbon footprint. “
Works continue at the remainder of the others schools which constitute the Western Isles Schools Project, all of which remain on programme and with budget. Sir E Scott will complete in December 2011, West Side Primary in March 2012 and the Nicolson Institute in summer 2012.
Point and Balivanich Primary Schools previously opened as planned in August 2011 to welcome their first pupils.
Cllr Morag Munro, Comahirle Chair of Education commented: “All of these new schools form part of a wide ranging and comprehensive schools estate and renewal strategy which will deliver quality education in high quality schools across the Outer Hebrides in spite of a very challenging financial climate.
“I was pleased to attend the opening last week of both Sgoil An Rubha and Balivanich Primary Schools and I look forward to the day when Daliburgh opens its doors.”