New building for little learners was labour of love for contractors

Louise MacLean (Head Teacher) and Shaun Corrigan (Managing Director for Corrigan Contractors) outside the new Ardgour ELC unit with some pupils.

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Former pupils of Ardgour Primary School have welcomed, and been involved in, the building of a new nursery which was completed and handed over to the school last week.

Shaun Corrigan, managing director of Corrigan Contractors, responsible for the work, attended the school along with his three siblings, two of whom were also involved with the project.

Delighted to return to where his education began, he said: ‘Having been born and brought up in Ardgour, and attending Ardgour Primary school, it has been a special project for us to be principal contractor on.

‘A lot of the team are local to the area with some of them having attended Ardgour Primary too. Having a newly-built, dedicated building for children of nursery age is also a positive addition to the area.’

Shaun left Ardgour Primary School in 1998 and after four years at Lochaber High School went on to complete a joinery apprenticeship before he grew his own civil, building and haulage company.

Louise MacLean, head teacher at Ardgour Primary School and also a former pupil, added: ‘Having attended Ardgour Nursery as a pupil myself it’s been really exciting to have been involved with this project and improving our early years’ provision for future generations.

‘We are all very excited to move into the new space and start our next chapter.

‘We cannot thank Corrigan Contractors enough for all of their support and everyone involved from Highland Council who have ensured we were involved in the whole process.’

Education chair Councillor John Finlayson said: ‘It is great news that the brand-new building for ELC provision at Ardgour Primary School has now been handed over to the community.

‘The nursery had previously been situated within the school building itself but this new dedicated building will enable us to meet the requirements of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion programme.’

The project was delivered by the council’s in-house property teams.