Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

New £48.5 million school campus for Wick

15th July 2014

Photograph of New £48.5 million school campus for Wick

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus.

The facility, which will replace Wick High School, Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, and South Primary School, is part of Scotland's Schools for the Future programme and will receive more than £17 million from the Scottish Government. The campus will also house a swimming pool and library.

The project will create up to 300 construction jobs with many opportunities for local employment. Eighty per cent of the build will be delivered by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with a value of £40 million.

The Scottish Government Cabinet visited Caithness and hosted a public Q&A in Wick ahead of the construction work starting.

The Deputy First Minister, who performed the sod cutting at the new site, said:"I’m delighted to be in Wick to mark this important milestone for this new school campus and I am confident it will be a fantastic addition to the local community when it is completed in the summer of 2016.

“The Scottish Government is committed to delivering good quality, well designed, sustainable schools through the Schools for the Future programme and we were pleased to award £17.2 million funding for the construction of this school.

“Having seen the plans for the new school, I am heartened to see that The Highland Council has worked in collaboration with Scottish Futures Trust to deliver a school that is innovative, value for money and will provide an excellent environment for pupils to learn in for many years to come.

“In addition to the educational benefits, this project will be a welcome boost to the local economy, creating apprenticeship opportunities for young people and construction jobs in Caithness."

Caithness Civic Leader and Vice Chair of The Highland Council’s Education, Children and Adult Services Committee, Councillor Gail Ross said:"Finally we are at the stage when work can begin on the new campus. This is a very exciting day for Wick and is the start of the much anticipated work that will provide Wick with an education service to be rightly proud of.

“The collaboration between The Highland Council, hub North Scotland Ltd and the Scottish Futures Trust has proved to be a success and we are very proud of everyone that has worked so hard to bring this to fruition.

“I'm delighted that the Deputy First Minister is here to cut the first turf. The Scottish Government has shown they are willing to invest in Caithness and we welcome her and other members of the cabinet to Wick."

Gemma Boggs, schools programme director at Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), explained:“I am delighted that the Wick Campus has reached such a significant milestone. Importantly, SFT's work across the Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) programme means that pupils, teachers and the community alike will reap the benefits of first-class education and community facilities sooner, as the NPD programme allows construction to start earlier rather than waiting for traditional capital funding to become available.

“Work starting on the campus will be welcome news to many local SMEs in the building industry. The project will provide a massive boost to the number of work-placements, apprenticeships and training opportunities that will be created through the delivery partner, hub North Scotland Ltd.”

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

15/12/2017
Commission On Highland Democracy Report LaunchedThumbnail for article : Commission On Highland Democracy Report Launched
The Commission on Highland Democracy has this week launched its report at the meeting of The Highland Council.   The Commission, which was supported in its work by The Highland Council, but is independent, has produced a comprehensive analysis of the state of democratic participation in Highland.  
15/12/2017
Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Friday, 15 December 2017
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.  It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
14/12/2017
Highland Council discusses education governance
Highland Councillors considered Scottish Government's proposals for changes to the management of schools at today's meeting of the Council.   The Scottish Government is proposing new legislation on education, which would include a Headteachers Charter, placing even more responsibility and accountability for the running of schools on Headteachers, with other responsibilities passing to a new collaborative organisation covering Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Argyll and Bute as well as Highland.  
14/12/2017
Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Thursday 14 December 2017
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.  It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
14/12/2017
Council to make a case for national energy company to be based in Highland
The Highland Council today welcomed the proposal by the Scottish Government to establish a national not-for-profit energy company and agreed to make a case for the proposed company to be based in the Highlands.  The motion, put forward by Cllr Richard Laird and Cllr Iain Cockburn, sets out the belief that Highland customers do not always experience the benefits of the energy produced in our communities and therefore proposes that the Council engage with the Scottish Government to make the case for the energy company to be based in the Highlands, where much of the energy is produced, and bringing jobs and benefits to the region.  
14/12/2017
Highland Council To Set Up Tourism Working Group
The Highland Council has agreed to set up a tourism working group to take a strategic overview and set priorities to support the success and growth of tourism in the Highlands.   The Council has also agreed to identify financial support that allows EventScotland and their partners to bid for future major International events to be hosted in Highland.  
14/12/2017
Highland Council response to extreme weather
The Highland Council is reassuring people in the region that since Storm Caroline and the arrival of winter weather to the region, the Council's Community Services has been deploying all of its available resources to tackle the condition of Highland Council pavements and roads.   The Council's gritting fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over 200 staff providing winter maintenance services.  
14/12/2017
Highland Council Indicates Severe Cuts In 2018/19 Budget
Budget update Council will today consider a potential budget gap of £33.5 million in the next financial year in 2018-19.   It will take several days to achieve clarification of the precise settlement to The Highland Council following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement.  
13/12/2017
Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting .   The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.  
8/12/2017
Council's Winter services in action
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action.   The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.  

[Printer Friendly Version]