Preparations begin for Dunoon Primary's construction work to restart

Published Date: 

19 Jun 2020 - 15:46

Plans are moving ahead for construction work to restart at Dunoon Primary as soon as lockdown restrictions allow.

The school has already undergone extensive work over the last few months as part of a £10.7 million investment by Argyll and Bute Council, including £5.08 million funding from the Scottish Government, to transform it into a school fit for the 21st Century.

Pupils moved into the school’s newly-built east wing earlier this year, however, further work following demolition of the old gym hall and dining room at the rear of the site had to be put on hold due to lockdown.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “Dunoon Primary is already looking amazing, so it’s fantastic to hear that things are on plan to continue work on the final phase as soon as it’s safe to do so.

“Obviously the safety and wellbeing of staff is our priority and the contractors, Hub and Morrison Construction, will ensure that current Covid-19 guidelines are adhered to, especially with regard to the requirements of the Construction Industry in Scotland. There are about four or five weeks of work left to be carried out and this will begin as soon as we’re given the green light.”

A small number of Morrison Construction staff are on site this week carrying out preparation and clearing work. The site is planned to open next week, subject to sign off on safety plans, for a soft start to the works so that all staff are not brought back at the same time. It is expected that numbers of contractor staff on site will be restricted and that the works will take approximately 4 weeks