Contract awarded to convert former Sir E Scott Primary

Following the successful completion of the Sir E Scott School (Sgoil an Tairbeirt) in Harris, Sgoiltean Ùra has appointed Alex Murray Construction Ltd as the main contractor to carry out the conversion of the former Sir E Scott Primary School into modern office accommodation on behalf of the Comhairle.

The new office building will deliver a variety of dedicated Council services within the local community and additional office accommodation for use by the Voluntary and Third Sectors. A new dedicated car park will be built to the rear of the existing Grade B listed building following the demolition of several redundant out-buildings.

The new offices replace the former ‘Old Hostel’ building which was located adjacent to the site of the old Sir E Scott School and Rally Park and which included Council and Third Sector office accommodation and the school canteen facilities. In a very poor condition externally and internally, it was demolished to make way for the new environmental gardens, bus and car parking areas serving the new school campus.

With all the new WISP schools now complete and operational, the final phases of works are currently underway at several of the sites. These comprise the demolition of the old Nicolson Institute, the demolition of the old Daliburgh Primary School and the office conversion works in Tarbert. All remain on programme to complete by January 2013.

Martin Joyce, Head of Operations at Sgoiltean Ùra stated “This final phase of works will conclude the significant investment programme in educational and community facilities in Harris, which is over and above the Comhairle’s normal expenditure on its capital programme and further underlines our commitment to the use of local companies whenever possible”

Angus Campbell, Leader of the Comhairle said: “Having successfully completed the new Sir E Scott School, it is extremely gratifying to see the replacement Comhairle offices in Tarbert under construction. On completion, these will provide a resource for the benefit of both the local community and our partners that we work closely with in the delivery of our services. The Comhairle remains committed to delivering services at a local level and the Area Offices allow Comhairle employees to live and work in the communities they serve”.

Alex Murray, Alex Murray Construction noted “We are pleased to be involved in the former SES Primary School project and hope that it will create more jobs locally. Following a dry period in the Island construction industry, it is encouraging to see that there is work in the pipeline which should ensure that local skills will be preserved and that tradesmen will have a reason to stay on the islands”