Children celebrate the first day of classes at Tarbolton Community Campus
Generations of people in and around Tarbolton now have access to first-class facilities as a new flagship building opens its doors. The new Tarbolton Community Campus, incorporating the Primary School and Early Years Centre, has now been completed, with the first classes held on Friday 17 February.
Tarbolton Community Campus has places for 297 primary children and 40 early years children, with sports, leisure, library facilities, and meeting rooms all being provided under one roof to be used by the whole community. The main contractor for the project was Morrison Construction.
The £8.2million project is part of a £94million pipeline of works being delivered across South Ayrshire in the next 18 months, with the aim of enhancing standards through targeted investment.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said the project would deliver a lasting legacy, "This fantastic new facility will bring improvements not just for the way education is delivered, but for the whole community.
"With a purpose-built, modern space children can now learn in the best possible environment, while the library, leisure facilities and other community spaces also allow the widest public access and use of the facilities.
"This project is part of a much wider period of investment across South Ayrshire and I'm confident that people will be impressed by the quality of this eye-catching asset once they come and see it for themselves."
Head teacher at Tarbolton Community Campus, Jackie Blair, said the new school would make a huge difference, "It's an exciting time for staff, parents and children alike, all of who have been looking forward to their first day in their new home.
"And here we are, with lessons underway and the school buzzing with this amazing new building that will allow us to do so much more than we had space for before.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their support in helping to make the move as painless as possible and look forward to welcoming the community into Tarbolton's brand new Community Campus."
Allan Cunningham, Operations Director for Morrison Construction, said, "It's wonderful to see that staff and children are enjoying their first day in their new school.
"The new campus will ensure Tarbolton is prepared to cope with local demand for school places, and will benefit not only current and future students, but the wider community too.
"It's also extremely encouraging to know that the project has also been able to directly benefit the community, from supporting 17 apprentices and creating 16 new jobs during construction, to raising over £5,000 for local causes."
Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of Development Partner hub South West, added, "The new Tarbolton Community Campus looks fantastic and we're thrilled that pupils have now moved in and can enjoy all the new facility has to offer.
"It's been around a year since contracts were signed and work began on the Tarbolton site, therefore it is great testament to the partnership working between all involved that we are here today to see the finished result.
"The new Tarbolton Community Campus will be a great asset to this local community."
The move comes at a busy time for South Ayrshire Council. The custom built technical block at Marr College opened in January, while extensions to Annbank Primary School and Troon Primary School and a new link at Southcraig School will all be completed by early summer. Meanwhile work to create a new Dailly Primary is also nearing completion, with pupils just to move in during the coming weeks.