A bird’s eye view

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THE new Eastwood high school is taking shape, as a bird’s eye view of the site shows.

Aerial pictures taken recently by the construction firm BAM show the work in progress – costing almost £30 million – settling in on the Newton Mearns site.

This week, a spokesman for East Renfrewshire council told The Extra: “Works are generally progressing very well, despite the inclement weather experienced to date”.

He added that the building now has around 80 per cent of its windows and cladding in place, and that work is progressing on the roof, as well the first fixes for internal corridors and the adjacent car park.

Work on a new roundabout, at the entrance to the new school, will commence during the summer holiday.

Work on the new school – scheduled for completion in June 2013 – began in October last year, when ground was broken in front of East Renfrewshire council bosses, pupils from the current Eastwood high and four associated primary schools and representatives of the Scottish Futures Trust.

The Trust is responsible for this project and another, in Midlothian, with a combined total value of £64.3m – £28.9m on the East Ren school alone.

The first big milestone was marked in February this year, when the first of two new sports pitches – pictured behind Capelrig House – was handed over to the school.

Speaking at the handover, council leader Jim Fletcher commented: “The new Eastwood high school is a tremendous investment in our area. Our schools are widely and rightly regarded as being the best in the country.

“With this new build at Eastwood high we will have a building to match the excellent education going on inside”.

The new school may be a welcome addition for parents, who had previously campaigned to the council about outdated facilities at Eastwood.

The school was granted funding from the Scottish Futures Trust after it was given a D rating in an inspection, attributed to an old boiler and crumbling walls and ranked worse than Barrhead high, rated C at the time and narrowly missing out on the cash.

The demolition of the old school, along with the completion of the school’s second sports ground, is scheduled to take place between July and December next year.