Published 26 October 2017
School and nursery pupils got a first glimpse of their new £16million Balloch education campus at a special preview event.
The campus is being built on the site of the former St Kessog’s Primary and will accommodate a new St Kessog’s co-located with Balloch Primary. An Additional Support Needs (ASN) unit and a new Balloch Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC) will also be based at the site. Balloch Primary was created following a merger of Haldane and Jamestown Primaries, while Balloch ELCC is the new name for Jamestown ELCC.
With the new all-weather sports pitch now installed, two pupils from St Kessog’s Primary, two from Balloch Primary and two from the nursery, joined Councillors, Council Officers and representatives from the project’s main contractor, Morgan Sindall, on site for a kick-about.
And with the building itself well on track for an early 2018 opening, there was also an opportunity to see inside the superb new facility.
Councillor Karen Conaghan, the Council’s Convener of Education, said: “The Balloch campus is looking fantastic and it’s great to see it coming together ahead of its opening next year. With the sports pitch now in place, I know it’s starting to get exciting for the youngsters who will be moving here. To get a tour of the facility was very helpful and the Council can be very proud of the work being done to improve the educational opportunities for all of our children.”
Vice Convener, Councillor Caroline McAllister, added: “This campus will help improve the life chances of our children and provide them with a school which will fully support their learning, attainment and achievement. We are committed to ensuring our pupils are educated in the best facilities possible and the Balloch Campus is a modern, safe and welcoming school.”
Iain Kent, Morgan Sindall’s Commercial Director in Scotland, added: “We’re incredibly pleased to delivering this landmark education project for the Council. Construction work is progressing well and we’re confident that the finished campus will be enjoyed by staff and pupils alike for years to come.”
The state-of-the-art new campus will educate almost 500 children and replace old schools with a modern, efficient building. Pedestrian and vehicle access will also be enhanced, with a new route into the site and drop-off points for cars and buses being created.