The new West Side Primary School (Sgoil an Taobh Siar) in Barvas has been completed.
Completed exactly on time, the new Primary School is the fourth of six schools to be successfully completed as part of the £125m Western Isles Schools Project by main contractor FMP and has now been handed over to the Facilities Management contractor FES FM Ltd. The first intake of pupils is planned for the new term after the Easter break.
Cllr Norman A Macdonald, Chair of Sgoiltean Ùra stated “We are delighted that FMP have continued to successfully deliver the schools project. Although West Side is the smallest of the new schools, significant challenges required to be overcome and to have this school fourth also handed over on time and on budget is a testament to their partnership working and collaborative approach”
Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of the Comhairle noted: “The new schools are our single biggest achievement as a Comhairle and the positive reaction by schools and communities to our new facilities reflects, I think, the hard work the Comhairle have put in since the first submission to the Scottish Government in 2001”.
Cllr Morag Munro, Chair of Education and Children’s Services at CnES, said: “The completion of West Side Primary School means that staff and pupils can look forward to using these excellent new facilities for the first time after the Easter Break. The entire community will benefit from this state-of-the-art building, and all those involved in its design and construction are to be congratulated for delivering another first-class school on time and on budget.”
The new Nicolson Institute on Lewis, Daliburgh Primary School on South Uist and the balance of the works at Sir E Scott School in Tarbert remain on programme to complete as planned in late July 2012 prior to receiving their first pupils at the start of the new academic term in August 2012.