An artist’s impression of the new Tarbolton Community Campus
Plans to build a new Community Campus for Tarbolton are a step closer with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close. Demolition of the original school building is complete to make way for the new-build phase of the works. The development, funded by South Ayrshire Council, is set to open in the early part of 2017.
The £8.2m project will provide places for 297 primary pupils and 40 nursery children, with sports, leisure, library facilities, and meeting rooms all being provided under one roof to be used as shared facilities for the whole community.
The project will also include extensive landscaping to ensure that the campus is both accessible from all parts of the village while fitting in with the existing feel of the local area.
The main contractor for the project will be Morrison Construction.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong learning Portfolio Holder, at South Ayrshire Council, said she was pleased to see the project progress, "We're committed to providing all our children with equal access to education and our rural schools play an important role in our wider vision.
"This exciting project is moving ahead following extensive engagement with the local community and I'm pleased to say we've enjoyed widespread support for our plans.
"I look forward to seeing this new community hub coming together in the next few months, and I'm confident the public will like what they see when the doors open next year."
Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of delivery partner, hub South West, said, "We've reached an important milestone in this project and we're excited at the prospect of getting boots on the ground.
"With the contracts now signed we can now look ahead to delivering this fantastic project for the people of Tarbolton, with work due to get underway later this year.
"We already have a great relationship with our partners at South Ayrshire Council and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop this as we work towards delivering this impressive new educational facility."
Eddie Robertson, Managing Director for Morrison Construction's Central Scotland business, added: "We're proud to be working with South Ayrshire Council and Hub South West Scotland to deliver the new Tarbolton Community Campus.
"We will be working hard with all the stakeholders involved to maximise the opportunities that this project can create for local people and local businesses, while providing pupils, staff and the community with a high quality facility that will stand the test of time."
Tarbolton Community Campus will be constructed using a Design, Build, Development Agreement (DBDA). SWHub will be responsible for the design and construction and the Council will manage and maintain the facility.