Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have awarded the £8.4million contract for the new Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath to contractor Willmott Dixon Public and Commercial Limited in collaboration with the Robertson Construction Group.
The proposed layout of the school remains as outlined during the design consultation process and includes a 100 pupil design capacity in addition to 0-5 Early Learning and Childcare accommodation provision. The External Works will include car and bus parking and drop-off facilities, hard-play areas including the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), 3G synthetic pitch, environmental garden and polytunnel and planting area.
Work on site will commence by the end of April. In a similar phasing pattern to previous school building projects, this would allow for a summer 2016 handover for the first phase (school building and car-park) and a winter 2016 handover for the remaining external works. The current programme envisages the former secondary wing and the former Head Teacher’s House both being demolished in May
Cllr Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children’s Services at the Comhairle, commented, “I am delighted that the project has reached this key milestone. The Comhairle aims to allocate resources in a way which will secure the best possible educational experience for pupils in the Western Isles, and one of our key objectives is the effective deployment of resources to secure continuous improvement in educational achievement and attainment. The new school, once completed, will provide modern, fit for purpose facilities designed for the delivery of a 21st Century curriculum.”