Kirn Primary School project worth £8.6m officially opened

The £9m Kirn Primary School built by Morrison Construction was officially opened on 31 January.

Published: 31 January 2018
Capability: Building
Market: Education

Kirn Primary, one of Argyll and Bute Council’s flagship school projects was delivered in partnership with hub North Scotland Ltd.

The project was built on the existing site, with the 1881 Victorian building being retained and refurbished.

A high quality two-storey building has replaced the annexes of the old school, providing bright new classrooms, an atrium and library area, sports hall, main office and reception, general purpose room and separate dining hall.

Outside, the new school has large play areas, including a multi-use games area with a synthetic surface, an improved pupil and bus drop-off area, and increased parking.

Morrison Construction Project Director Jeff Hedley, said: ‘‘It was wonderful to hear how the pupils and teachers have been enjoying the new and refurbished school facilities since they moved in during November last year.

‘‘Kirn Primary School is the first of the four education facilities for Argyll and Bute Council and hub North Scotland we have delivered. Of the three other projects, Campbeltown Grammar School and Oban High School are due to be completed this spring and there has been excellent progress on the site of Dunoon Primary School.’’

hub North Scotland Chief Executive, Michael Padzinski commented “We are delighted to have successfully completed this exciting new school in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council. The school is an integral part of the local community and now provides a modern teaching and learning environment by combining the new and existing buildings. The complexity of the project has been overcome through a strong collaborative approach by Argyll and Bute Council and the project delivery team.”

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said:

“This wonderful new school is helping to deliver education services that work for our children and young people. It is a school very much fit for the 21st century and provides modern facilities that will benefit pupils for years to come.’’

Head teacher at Kirn, Kirsteen MacDonald, said: ‘‘The staff and pupils have settled quickly into our new surroundings and we appreciate the opportunities this new school offers. 

“The school is bright and spacious, a beautiful place to work and learn which introduces the latest in technology and design while still valuing the historical elements.’’