Replacement for Paradykes already reaping rewards

jobs at paradykes site

Locals are already benefitting

With work well underway on the new school to replace Paradykes Primary and community facilities in Loanhead, the project is already reaping rewards locally.

Lasswade pupil Lewis Allan had a work placement

Lasswade High School S4 pupil Lewis Allan joined main contractor Morrison Construction for a work placement while General Operative George Allison from Penicuik has been working full time on site since July.  

Main contractor is committed to delivering community benefits

Morrison Construction said it is committed to delivering community benefits across its projects in Scotland. As part of its overarching Corporate Social Responsibility, it works  with educational establishments and pre-employment groups to support opportunities for local people.

This is a 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 building is due to open in 2017

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 have capacity for 489 pupils.

It will create a lasting legacy

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Bob Constable said: “Building a new facility like this one is about creating a lasting legacy for local people, including job opportunities. That’s why it’s great to hear that young Lewis and also Mr Allison are getting the chance to develop their skills by helping on this extremely important project for local communities.”

 We’re looking forward to both opening in the summer of 2017.”

Plans are also underway for new homes

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

The picture shows Lewis Allan, in the centre, with George Allison on the right and senior site manager Phil Brickwood on the left.

The picture shows Lewis Allan, in the centre, with George Allison on the right and senior site manager Phil Brickwood on the left.

15 Dec 2016