Provost signals official start to construction of new Community Campus

Building work on a £55million community campus in Inverurie is now underway.

The Provost of Aberdeenshire, Cllr Bill Howatson, took part in a traditional ‘sod cutting’ ceremony to signify the formal start of construction at a special event on Friday, May 11.

He said: “I am delighted that the building work which will see a fantastic new community campus in Inverurie is now underway. Generations of school children will now use this state-of-the-art complex. There are also indoor and outdoor sports facilities which make this a real community building which I hope will be enjoyed by all.

“This multi-million-pound project is one of the biggest school construction projects currently taking place in Scotland. Once complete the new campus will have capacity to accommodate 1,600 pupils at Inverurie Academy and 100 pupils at the brand-new St Andrew’s School.”

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “It is brilliant news that construction has started on this new community campus. We have built a number of modern schools and made improvements to existing schools over the last few years. This is the latest example of our commitment to providing the best possible facilities so that our young people can thrive.”

The campus will be built on three storeys and will house Inverurie Academy; St Andrew’s Primary and community sports facilities which will include outdoor and indoor pitches, a six lane swimming pool and a health centre. The building is in the heart of Inverurie at the current Inverurie Academy site.

Pupils will be able to hone their sporting skills on the multiuse games area, two all-weather pitches and the amphitheatre. There will be a garden and pathways for walkers and cyclists to explore.

Robertson Group’s Chief Executive Officer Derek Shewan said: “Robertson is proud to be delivering the new Inverurie Community Campus, working alongside our partners at Aberdeenshire Council and hub North Scotland. This exciting project is another milestone for Robertson, in the delivery of quality education buildings throughout the North East, providing enhanced facilities for both students and the wider community.”

The multi million pound project, which is being delivered by Aberdeenshire Council and constructed by Robertson, is set to be carried out over three phases and is currently expected to be complete by 2021.