Countdown to new West Calder High

There’s just one year to go until the new state-of-the-art £32 million West Calder High School opens its doors.

Published: 31 August 2017
Capability: Building
Market: Education

The project, being built by Morrison Construction, is West Lothian’s largest ever single investment in Education, and is on track to welcome pupils from August 2018.

Executive councillor for education David Dodds was joined by school pupils and invited guests from the organisations involved in the project for a special ceremony to mark the anniversary.

The new 1,100 capacity West Calder High School has been specifically designed with pupil experience at the core, and will include a swimming pool, floodlit 3G sports pitch, and sports facilities for school and community use.

Councillor Dodds said: “The new West Calder High School will give a real boost to learning when it opens in a year’s time, and I’m delighted to see the good progress being made.

“Providing the best possible environment for education can make a real difference to our young people, and the new West Calder High School’s innovative design will help pupils to achieve their full potential.

“West Lothian already has one of the best school estates in the country, and we are investing over £100 million in education infrastructure projects to provide the right platform for learning for our young people.” 

The project for the new school is being delivered for West Lothian Council through Hub South East Scotland. Funding for the development is being provided by West Lothian Council and the Scottish Futures Trust’s Schools for the Future programme.

Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive said:  “It’s fantastic to see the progress on site and know that in less than a year, pupils and staff will be enjoying a new, modern West Calder High School.

“We’re proud to be working in partnership with West Lothian Council to help deliver its biggest single investment in education – one which will provide a unique and inspired learning experience for its young people.”

Construction work on the new West Calder High School is progressing well with the steel frame of the building and installation of concrete floor slabs now fully completed.

Roof cladding is progressing well and all of the roof lights have been installed, with much of the building now weathertight. This has allowed internal partition wall work and electrical and mechanical installation work to begin.

Allan Cunningham, Operations Director, Morrison Construction said: “Today is about celebrating an exciting construction milestone and the work that has been completed so far.

“The progress on site is exciting to see and we are proud to be delivering this facility for the pupils, teachers and wider community of West Calder.”