Barrhead High’s new school gets started

Andy Sinclair is looking forward to the move.
Andy Sinclair is looking forward to the move.

Construction work is now underway on the new state-of-the-art £29.7m Barrhead High School.

The new school is being built at the Johnny Kelly Pavilion and blaes pitch site adjacent to the existing school, which will remain open throughout construction with no disruption to pupil education.

The costs are being met by East Renfrewshire Council (£7.9m) and the Scottish Futures Trust.

The new school, which is being delivered through the Scottish Government’s Hub programme, is expected to be finished for the summer 2017 term.

The timetable for the build was most recently delayed following changes to European accounting rules. This technical accounting issue delayed a number of public sector finance projects in Scotland, including Barrhead High.

Andy Sinclair, Barrhead High School Head Teacher, has welcomed the start of construction work on site. He said: “I’m very pleased that work on the new Barrhead High School is now starting on site. We are fully committed to building a fantastic facility, as quickly as possible, that the young people of Barrhead deserve.

“The plans for the new school look fantastic – it will be an outstanding school for the pupils, staff, parents and community.

“The facilities on offer will transform the life and work of the whole school community and will give the town of Barrhead, as well as our school community, not just a building that they can be proud of, but a focal point for learning to continue to take place in a wide variety of forms.”

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is an independent company, established by the Scottish Government with a responsibility for delivering value for money across public sector infrastructure investment.

SFT, who has a team of over 70 professionals working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure investment in Scotland delivered £135m of net benefits and savings during 2014/15.

East Ren is committed to obtaining best value on capital projects such as this one.