Work begins on the new learning campus in Neilston


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East Renfrewshire Council Leader Owen O’Donnell and Councilor Tony Buchanan with pupils from Neilston Primary, St Thomas’ Primary and Madras Family Center

The groundbreaking ceremony is a major milestone in the project, which will bring together Neilston Primary, Madras Family Center and St Thomas’ Primary on a shared site.

Contractors Heron Bros, the company responsible for the recent construction of five new crèches in east Renfrewshire and the joint faith-based campus which includes St Clare Primary and Calderwood Lodge Primary and Nursery Classroom in Newton Mearns, have started work initial and construction will begin over the summer.

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The new facility is being built on the site of the current Neilston Primary, allowing the existing school to continue to operate during construction.

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Once the new school and nursery are completed, the existing Neilston Primary and Madras Family Center will be demolished to allow for the creation of an all-weather football pitch and multi-purpose play area.

East Renfrewshire Council leader Owen O’Donnell said: ‘This grass cutting event officially marks the start of a new educational chapter in Neilston.

“The village has always had fantastic learning opportunities from the wonderful staff at Neilston Primary, St Thomas’ Primary and the Madras Family Centre, but once this amazing shared campus is complete it will bring things on a higher level.

“From the Digi-Zone, to the space dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to the fabulous outdoor spaces that will be created, this will truly be a learning campus that will stimulate the imagination. children and young people who will come here.”

Councilor Andrew Anderson, Head of Education and Equalities, added: “It’s fantastic that this project is getting off the ground and I can’t wait to see it start to take shape in the months to come.

“Creating quality learning environments for children and young people in East Renfrewshire is so important to supporting their educational development.

“This new campus will also become a real magnet for the community and will be an asset that the whole village can benefit from.

As part of a separate phase of regeneration work planned for Neilston, proposals are still being drawn up to create a new leisure center in the village.

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