The campus will incorporate The Robert Burns Academy, Lochnorris Primary School, Cherry Trees Early Childhood Centre and Hillside School, providing state-of-the-art facilities for children, young people and the local community.
Works commenced on Monday 30 April at the Broomfield site and are scheduled for completion by summer 2020.
Pupils representing all five schools involved in the merger – Cumnock Academy and Supported Learning Centre; Auchinleck Academy; Barshare Primary School, Supported Learning Centre and Early Childhood Centre; Greenmill Primary School and Early Childhood Centre; Hillside ASN School, were joined by invited guests including Leader Douglas Reid, Councillors Fiona Campbell and Tom Cook and Jeane Freeman MSP.
The Barony Campus is designed as a series of four interconnected buildings to provide accommodation for early years, primary and secondary learning communities including young people with additional support needs.
Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s Managing Director for Central Scotland, said: “We are excited to begin works on this state-of-the-art project, which is a major investment for Cumnock, Auchinleck and the surrounding areas.
‘‘We look forward to continuing our working partnership with East Ayrshire Council and delivering this wonderful education facility for pupils, staff and the community.
‘‘Throughout construction we will continue to engage with all stakeholders while creating education and employment opportunities to ensure the project has a positive local impact that endures once the development is delivered.”
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “After a considerable period of discussion, deliberation and consultation, it really is a pleasure to see this project coming out of the ground.
“It’s one thing to see the drawings on paper, but it’s only when you are on site that you really appreciate the scale of this project and the impact it will have on the lives of our young people and communities.
“East Ayrshire is leading the way with this Campus. This project has been brought to life thanks to the input from pupils, parents, teachers and the wider local communities. The design will provide a nurturing 21st century learning and teaching environment to enable every child and young person to reach their full potential, and members of the community in Cumnock, Auchinleck and the surrounding villages will also be able to take advantage of the facilities on offer.
The new campus offers modern sports facilities including two flood-lit synthetic pitches of world class rugby standard, a 400m four-lane running track with six sprint lanes, two grass pitches, a seven aside floodlit synthetic pitch and an outdoor basketball court, together with 13 indoor courts in various configurations.
Community recreation space will include a community café, meeting rooms, theatre space, enterprise kitchen for catering, recording studio, music practice rooms and project space for textiles/crafts and pottery.