Council progresses design of two new Skye schools

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The Highland Council is taking forward the design of three new primary schools at Broadford and Dunvegan on Skye, along with one at Beauly.

The projects form part of its significant capital investment programme to improve the school estate across Highland.

The new school at Broadford was included in phase two of the Scottish Government’s Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP) which was announced in December 2020.

The LEIP aims to create and maintain high quality school buildings that support a range of outcomes, such as improved energy efficiency, digital learning and teaching, and economic growth.

Funding for the capital project was subsequently included in the re-profiled capital programme approved by The Highland Council in January.

Members and council officials continue to engage with a local working group on the aspiration to deliver a community hub as part of the new campus.

Education chairman Councillor John Finlayson said: ‘This is further good news for the pupils, parents and communities of Broadford, Dunvegan and Beauly and, like all key stakeholders in these areas, I look forward to monitoring the good progress being made with these important projects.

‘I also look forward to working with council officers, the wider school community and Robertson Construction, to put in place regular engagement through the official stakeholder groups, that ensures that the modern 21st century learning environments we are creating, alongside community elements and housing, meet the needs and expectations of all users.’

Funding for the new schools at Beauly and Dunvegan was approved by the council at its meeting earlier this month.

The new schools will see the replacement of buildings that are among the poorest in Highland in terms of condition and suitability.

Housing and property chairman Councillor Ben Thompson, Caol and Mallaig Ward, said: ‘The Highland Council has one of the largest school estates in Scotland with  more than 200 schools throughout the region and is continually working to make improvements to our education environments.

Lochaber councillor Ben Thompson. Photograph: Abrightside Photography. FW Councillor Ben Thompson 1no JP
Lochaber councillor Ben Thompson. Photograph: Abrightside Photography.
FW Councillor Ben Thompson 1no JP

‘I am delighted to note the progress at Beauly, Broadford and Dunvegan primary schools and look forward to continuing seeing work come along at these sites, and our other key school projects in Highland.’

A masterplan has been prepared for the Dunvegan campus that includes the development of adjacent land for housing and a site for a new community sports pitch. Both of the new school buildings will be designed to the same standards as those in the LEIP.

The council’s in-house property teams will be working in partnership with Robertson Construction, which has been appointed as design and build contractor, to deliver all three projects and meet the required outcomes.