First Minister opens £52m Largs Campus

The new £52m Largs Campus built by Morrison Construction was formally opened by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.

Published: 13 June 2018
Capability: Building
Market: Education

It was a day to remember for pupils and staff in what was a fitting celebration of North Ayrshire’s newest and largest school.

The campus has potentially the largest games hall in the UK with sportscotland's Inverclyde base next door, also built by Morrison Construction, meaning pupils have access to a wide range of top-class sporting facilities.

Other features include art classrooms with balconies that enable the provision for outdoor working and two stunning theatres with lighting and sound systems as good as any theatre in Scotland.

The campus – which comprises of Largs Academy, St Mary’s Primary and Largs Primary - also has modern classrooms, with breakout spaces, across each of the three schools.  There is also an Early Years Centre with state-of-the-art facilities that incorporate parent rooms, family rooms and imaginative play and learning areas for young people.

Pipers from the primaries and Largs Academy piped the First Minister into the campus before she was given a tour of the new education facilities, before unveiling the campus’ new plaque and cutting the celebratory cake.

The First Minister said:“I am delighted to officially open the tremendous new Largs Campus buildings. It’s clear to see that the pupils and staff are all enjoying and benefiting from their new learning environment.

“This is just the latest of the long list of schools now rebuilt or refurbished, with a hat-trick of high schools opening across Scotland today. That’s a reflection of the importance of education as this Government’s number one priority.

 “What’s more, not only do these new schools provide enormous benefits for the education of our children and young people, they also help the local economy with jobs and apprenticeship opportunities during construction, and will serve the wider community now that they are open.”

Works on the Largs Campus began in August 2016 and finished earlier this year. The two primaries and Early Years moved into the Campus in March before being joined by Largs Academy a month later.

Morrison Construction Operation’s Director Allan Cunningham, said: ‘‘It was wonderful to see the First Minister tour this fantastic campus and meet pupils and teachers who have been enjoying the state-of-the-art educational, arts and sporting facilities.

‘‘In August last year the First Minister also opened the nearby £12m sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, another Morrison Construction project that demonstrates our strong legacy in the Largs community.

“We are proud to have delivered this project that will provide a lasting benefit to the community and which positively impacted on the local economy by supporting 25 work placements, 13 apprentices and creating 73 new jobs during construction.’’

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of development partner hub South West added:“Largs is an outstanding new campus that hub South West is delighted to be a part of.

“To be at the official opening today and see pupils utilise this fantastic facility is a real testament to the hard work and innovation that all parties brought to the process of delivering the new campus.

''Largs Campus will provide excellent facilities for the wider community and transform education in the seaside town.

“The setting is spectacular and the opportunities for sport and outdoor learning in the neighbouring facilities are absolutely first-class.”