A new multi-million pound school campus in Inverness will be open for business by 2021 as contractors pledge to have it in working order by November.
Construction of the new L-shaped ‘Merkinch education campus’ fronting onto Carse Road began last February to help provide relief to the overcrowded primary school.
The modern two-storey extension – constructed from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – will house a total of 14 new classrooms, a three room nursery, a new multi-use games area and four court games hall.
The works, conducted by engineers from Robertson, are scheduled for completion by November.
Frank Reid, Managing Director of Robertson Northern, said: “It’s almost a year since construction work began on extending Merkinch Primary School and the project is progressing well in line with our projected programme.
“We have been working closely with the school and are actively engaged with the local community to keep them up-to-date on our progress.”
He added: “This is a very exciting project for Robertson to be delivering and it will help pupils to attain and achieve their full potential.”
The schools original Category B listed Victorian building will be retained to form part of the campus to house the school’s dining room and family centre.
Depute provost of Inverness Bet McAllister welcomed the news saying: “This is good news for the children and staff and good news for the whole area. Everyone seems to be delighted with it, I have had no complaints.
“I’m really pleased with the building, how good it’s looking and how well the company are completing it and on time. It looks really nice.”