To mark the start of works on the project being built by Morrison Construction, a ceremonial turf was cut on site by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP on Thursday 7 September.
The event was attended by school pupils, local councillors, Head Teacher of Cumbernauld Academy Mark Cairns, along with representatives of Cumbernauld Theatre, hub South West and Morrison Construction.
Cumbernauld Academy, which was formed following the merger of Cumbernauld and Abronhill high schools in August 2014, is home to around 980 pupils.
Convener of Education Cllr Frank McNally said: “The new school will become a first class resource for pupils and will provide outstanding educational opportunities. It will also become a valued facility for the wider community. It’s great to see the progress which is being made.”
The new campus on South Kildrum Ring Road will have capacity for 1250 pupils as well as a 300 seat replacement venue for the current Cumbernauld Theatre.
Chief Executive of development partner hub South West Scotland Michael McBrearty added: “It’s wonderful to see this innovative and much anticipated project now progressing to site after the continuous hard work of all partners involved.
“We are happy to be building on our portfolio of work with North Lanarkshire Council with this being the third in a series of large schools designed and built via this partnership following the successful delivery of Clyde Valley Campus and Greenfaulds High School. We look forward to seeing the Cumbernauld Academy and Cumbernauld Theatre Campus progress and to seeing the positive impact it will have in the local area.”
Morrison Construction Managing Director Eddie Robertson said: “The education and theatre facilities we deliver will not only provide a modern learning environment for students but will also be an asset for the wider community.
“We will continue our engagement with the school and community stakeholders throughout construction and create excellent education and employment opportunities which ensure the project has a positive long term local impact.”
Once the construction work is completed then the current school building will be demolished to make way for new external sports facilities.