Plans for developing school and sports facilities in Inverurie to be unveiled

Plans for a Community Campus in Inverurie with new school and sports facilities will move forward over the next two months as Aberdeenshire Council announces it will unveil initial designs for the new facilities in early November.

A public drop-in for members of the community to see and comment on the current design plans will take place between 10am and 9pm on Wednesday, November 9 in the Assembly Hall at Inverurie Academy, where representatives of Halliday Fraser Munro, the project architects, will be available to answer questions and note feedback.

Officers from the council’s project team will be in attendance from 2pm to 9pm.

The council has also announced plans to seek permission in December from members of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee to begin a formal consultation on proposals to relocate St Andrews School to the new campus.

If agreed, the statutory consultation would run from early January until the end of February giving parents further opportunities to comment on the proposals in addition to the extensive informal engagement that has already taken place.

Director of Education & Children’s Services, Maria Walker, said: “The campus represents a new era for education, community and leisure facilities in Inverurie.

“It is a hugely significant project for the town which will bring together school pupils and their families, staff, and sport enthusiasts and community who will use the new facilities.

“The council has already committed £25 million as part of our capital plan to contribute towards the cost of the new campus and we have secured a further £24.8 million from the Scottish Government.

“There has already been substantial engagement with the Inverurie community on what the new campus could include, particularly with parents of pupils who attend St Andrews School and sports users.

“The drop-in being held in November will give even more people the chance to have their say on what the new campus could look like and I hope my excitement in the project will be shared by them.”

Head of Property, Allan Whyte, said: “The building designs that will be on display at the drop-in in November are still working plans but as they stand show a shared campus with facilities for all the different groups that will use it.

“A state-of-the-art secondary school would be built to replace the current Inverurie Academy, which will continue to be used until the new one is built. The former school would then be demolished to allow completion of the car parking, landscaping and external sports facilities.

“At the moment the campus will accommodate a range of wet and dry indoor sports facilities, including a games hall, dance studio, fitness suite, swimming pool and trainer pool.

“If St Andrews School is relocated to the campus, it will have its own distinct setting with a separate school entrance and classrooms, sensory rooms and therapy suites.

“Several outdoor play areas would be created, some which would only be accessible to St Andrews pupils and others which would be shared by both them and Inverurie Academy pupils.

“We’re continuing to adapt the plans based on the feedback we receive from staff, parents, sports users and the wider community so I encourage anyone interested in what the new facilities could look like to come along in November.”