Minister attends turf cut to mark work starting on East Calder Primary School

Topic Schools and Colleges

Date 11 May 2023

The Scottish Government Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, Natalie Don MSP, was the guest of honour at a special turf-cutting ceremony to celebrate work starting on the new East Calder Primary School.

West Lothian Council’s Executive councillor for education, Andrew McGuire was also in attendance, alongside members of the Morrison Construction Building Central team and Hub South East for the event.

The £18.3m school is funded through the Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP), as part of a scheme which aims to invest in education facilities across the region. Plans for this new primary school include the construction of a new state-of-the-art, triangular shaped school building, which aims to deliver optimum energy performance, as well as educational connectivity throughout the new learning spaces for the future students.

Allan Cunningham, Operations Director for Morrison Construction Building Central, commented: “We are delighted to be getting underway with what is set to be another exciting schools project with our partners at West Lothian Council and Hub South East. As a team, we have a strong track record in delivering high-quality educational facilities for the students of the region and we all believe that this new school at East Calder will only add to that.”

Councillor Andrew McGuire added: “I am delighted to see work starting on a fantastic new East Calder Primary School, which will be hugely welcomed by the local community.

“West Lothian already has one of the top-rated school estates in the country, and the superb new East Calder Primary will help ensure that even more of our children have the best possible platform for education”.