Minister dons a hard hat to help make local history

Minister does honours

Work underway for the new school and hub at Loanhead

The first was to mark work getting underway on the new school to replace Paradykes Primary and community facilities in Loanhead.

Minister also cut the turf for the new primary at Roslin

Ms Somerville then headed off to Roslin Primary to cut the turf for a new school, full size football pitch and all-weather, multi-use games area.

A £50 million investment

She said: “The Scottish Government has worked closely with Midlothian Council to help improve its school estate by investing more than £50 million through our Schools for the Future programme to build two secondary schools and two primary schools. Today marks an exciting milestone for the two primary school projects. Paradykes Primary and Roslin Primary will provide modern environments for children to learn in and the additional facilities will be enjoyed by the whole community for generations to come.”

First partnership project

The first project to be developed in partnership with Scottish Futures Trust, Midlothian and NHS Lothian through the Integrated Joint Board, the new £15.4 million facility at Loanhead, will incorporate a primary school, after school/wrap around care, library, leisure centre, medical centre, early years provision and external work.

The new facility will benefit local patients

Dr Hamish Reid, Clinical Director for the Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are excited about this development and the many benefits that it will bring for patients in Loanhead and the wider area. The modern and purpose-built accommodation will allow Loanhead Medical Practice to provide improved services for patients and will enable even further integration and closer working between health and social care services. The Medical Practice will also strengthen this wider development and will ensure a busy and active hub for the community of Loanhead.”

New hub will open next year

Morrison Construction is the main contractor at Loanhead. With an opening date of summer 2017, the site includes the existing leisure centre and part of King George’s Field.

The Paradykes replacement school will capacity for 489 pupils while Roslin, which is being built by McLaughlan & Harvey at a cost of £6.8 million, can accommodate 267 primary pupils.

Cllr Bob Constable said they will be first-class facilities

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Bob Constable said: “It’s fantastic to see these facilities get underway. Both have been designed after extensive public consultations. We’re confident they will provide first-class facilities serving the needs of local people for many years to come. We’re looking forward to both opening in the summer of 2017.”

Paul Griffen, Construction Director at McLaughlin & Harvey said: “As a result of continued investment from the council in education facilities and after recently completing the new Bilston Primary school, we are looking forward to delivering the next school project in this area for Midlothian Council. We have a track record of delivering first class education and learning facilities across the UK and are proud to take on the new Roslin Primary School as our next project.”

Plans are also underway to build homes on the existing site for Paradykes Primary, Loanhead Library and Loanhead Medical Centre (known as Sutherland House).

Pictured are, from left to right at the Loanhead site: Derek Scotland, the Project Director at Morrison Construction, Dr Mary Smith, Midlothian Council's Director of Education, Communities & Economy, P6 pupil at Paradykes Georgie Threlfell, Councillor Bob Constable, the Cabinet Member for Education, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Head Teacher Tim Wallace, P1 Paradykes pupil Zac Robertson, Meabh Speeding, also P1, Campbell Kerr, the Senior Project Manager at NHS Lothian and P6 Paradykes pupil Ryan Brown.

25 Aug 2016