While the site was affected by unique weather at the beginning of Spring, including a visit from the ‘Beast from the East’, the cold snap could not delay the project team finishing the steel frame.
The construction of the project is being undertaken with development partner hub South West with North Lanarkshire Council.
Works began at the site in July 2017, which is also home to the current Cumbernauld Academy, and have progressed well with phase 1 of the new school car park finished, the foundations and structural steelwork complete.
Morrison Construction Project Manager Mark Stirling said:
‘‘We are extremely happy with the progress that is being made on site.
‘‘There was a 14-week programme to erect the steel work, which we finished on time. Work on site has now progressed onto pouring the concrete floor slabs before the roofing and external walls are completed in the coming months.
‘‘We have a great working relationship with the school with staff and pupils at Cumbernauld Academy very interested in our work on site. An S6 pupil has been completing work experience in administration at our site offices since August and we have been active members of the school community attending many events.’’
Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of development partner hub South West added;
“Having successfully delivered the town’s Greenfaulds High School in partnership with Morrison Construction in 2016, it is no surprise that even against the extreme elements the site team have been able to deliver this initial key phase to programme.
With the new Cumbernauld Academy and Cumbernauld Theatre starting to take shape, it’s great to see pupils and the wider community engaging with the project and looking ahead to the benefits of the end result.
We are delighted to see the progress being made on this true community project that will have such a positive impact on the Cumbernauld area once complete next year.”
Once complete the new campus will have capacity for 1250 secondary pupils and a 300-seat replacement venue for the current Cumbernauld Theatre.
When construction work is finalised the current buildings at the school will be demolished to make way for new external sports facilities.
Cumbernauld Academy, formed following the merger of Cumbernauld and Abronhill high schools in 2014, is home to around 980 pupils.