South West Scotland hub appoints Kier Construction to supply St Kevin’s community hub

HUB South West Scotland, on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, has appointed Kier Construction as its construction partner to deliver the new St. Kevin’s Community Hub, which includes St. Kevin’s Primary School and community facilities.

The modern learning, teaching and community campus will be located close to its current location in Bargeddie. Incorporating a decoupled St. Kevin’s Primary School, the introduction of a new additional center will allow a more spacious community facility to successfully meet the needs of North Lanarkshire’s growing population, increasing its capacity to 242 pupils when completed.

Expertly designed by architectural firm Stallan-Brand, the St. Kevin campus will offer a modernized center featuring generous classrooms and outdoor learning facilities, as well as a large gym and a impressive multipurpose playground. Helping to bring fresh eyes, students are involved in the design process and will participate in workshops to offer their creative visions as inspiration for the new campus.

The local community will benefit throughout the construction of the St. Kevin Community Hub, as local entrepreneurs and SMEs will be supported, and eight new construction positions will be created, including two modern apprenticeships. There will also be approximately 30 internships and over 100 training opportunities. Kier Construction is expected to begin work on the site in the summer of 2023, with an expected completion date of mid-2024.

Speaking of the wider community benefits that will be provided by the new St. Kevin’s Community Centre, Kirsten Larsen, Head of Education at North Lanarkshire Council, said:

“St. Kevin’s Community Center will be a fantastic new school and community facility that will provide a superb teaching and learning facility for students and staff.

“Importantly, this new hub will offer many facilities for the wider community to enjoy and we look forward to seeing our dynamic vision come to life over the next two years.”

Phil McDowell, regional manager for Kier Construction North & Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to have been named the preferred bidder for St. Kevin’s Community Center Stage 1, especially as it is located in our area, close to Kier’s main office in Scotland. This new hub will be transformational for North Lanarkshire, providing a vibrant and sustainable space from which pupils, teachers and the community can benefit immensely.

“Kier has a long-standing relationship with the South West Scotland hub and the transparency and support we receive from them is key to ensuring that we give full consideration to the needs and demands of the local community. throughout the development journey. We look forward to working with them again to bring tangible benefits to the region. »

South West Scotland hub managing director Michael Ross said:

“To date, we have successfully delivered over £116 million worth of education projects for North Lanarkshire Council. As a delivery partner, we are helping to deliver North Lanarkshire’s property strategy and have three other ongoing projects in place worth over £58m. As an industry collective, we are focused on working together to create first-class built environments that have positive impacts for the wider community and support the local economy through a wide range of initiatives.

“Having already delivered a large number of projects with Kier, it is great to work with them again on this project. Not only do they deliver a very high standard of work, but they share our commitment to developing and improving local communities. in south-west Scotland.

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