Turf cutting marks start of new Greenfaulds High build

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:24 on 30 January 2015.
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WORK has begun on the construction of a brand-new, state-of-the-art high school in Cumbernauld, after a turf cutting ceremony seen Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages cut the first sod at the site. 

North Lanarkshire Council officials were joined by representatives from the Morrison Construction firm who’ll build the school, elected members, pupils and staff from the school, as well as Dr Alasdair Allan last week for a special turf cutting ceremony at Greenfaulds High School.

The symbolic ceremony marks the beginning of the £32million, one-year long development that will see the construction of a brand-new Greenfaulds High School campus.

44-year-old Greenfaulds High School will be demolished next year, once the new school has been built on the existing sports pitches, and opens to pupils in September 2016.

Plans for the new state-of-the-art school include an all-weather eight lane athletics track and high-quality synthetic sports pitches.

Meanwhile, the interior of the new build will also be state-of-the-art, with a central space made up of a large, central hall, with social and dining facilities, and an internal courtyard set to be at its heart.

"This is a great day for everyone involved in the project,” Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services explained, on the day of the turf-cutting.

He added: "A huge amount of effort has gone into bringing the project from the drawing board to cutting the first turf.

"However, in around 20 months’ time our children and young people will begin to reap the benefit of a brand new educational facility designed to match the aspirations of a Curriculum for Excellence.

"It will also provide facilities for wider community use in the evening and at weekends."

Also in attendance at the special turf cutting ceremony was the Scottish Government’s Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan. 

Commenting after the ceremony the Minister described the turf cutting as an “exciting milestone” for the project to have reached.

He said: "This is an exciting milestone for the new Greenfaulds High School and I'm delighted I was able to be part of it. 

“The new school will be a fantastic environment for pupils to learn in and will provide facilities that the whole community will enjoy for generations to come. 

“I'm pleased the Scottish Government could provide more than £20 million in funding towards the project and I look forward to seeing the new school when it opens to pupils in the autumn next year."
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