We are delighted to announce Planning Approval has been received for the new Montgomerie Park Primary School in Irvine, North Ayrshire. The new school will serve a growing community as part of the residential masterplan area of Montgomerie Park and will comprise 12 classrooms, early learning facilities, gymnasium incorporating flexible performance areas, and dining facilities along with outdoor learning spaces including a 7-a-side all weather pitch.

Internally, the school offers a variety of modern learning spaces to engage learners in different environments and a vibrant central spine within the building to encourage collaboration, creativity, and a sense of community. Consultations with various stakeholders have been key in shaping the vision for early years and primary pedagogy, with a strong transition within the building, as well as natural flows via direct access to external learning environments.

Externally, an array of interesting and varied external play spaces are created, making use of the site’s existing topography and features including SUDs pond and natural habitats.

The new school has been designed with end user requirements and sustainability as key priorities and will be the first Passivhaus school in the Council’s education portfolio. Passivhaus Standard delivers buildings which provide a high level of comfort for occupants, while using very little energy for heating and cooling. The new school will use 60-80% less energy than a typical school building, resulting in carbon reduction, and lower operational costs.

The project is delivered by North Ayrshire Council’s development partner, Hub South West Scotland Limited, in partnership with Tier 1 Contractor Robertson Construction Group.

Works are due to commence in early 2023 with the school due to open in time for the academic year, commencing August 2024.

“We are delighted that we have reached this milestone in what promises to be a fantastic learning environment for our young people.

 We are proud of our school estate across North Ayrshire and this modern, eco-friendly school we are striving to create in Irvine will be a huge asset to not only the pupils and families but also staff that work there.

 We look forward to work starting and ultimately the school opening in 2024. This significant investment reflects the Council’s strong commitment to improving educational outcomes for our children and young people.”

               – Councillor Shaun Macaulay, Cabinet Member for Education

“Our continuing relationship with hub South West Scotland will see the delivery of a sustainable new school, which is set to further enhance the learning opportunities within North Ayrshire.

The school will create a strong civic landmark for Montgomerie Park and further demonstrates North Ayrshire Council’s commitment to academic attainment and reducing carbon emissions through its operations.”

               – Andy McLinden, Regional Managing Director, Robertson Construction Central West

Credit: Melissa Hart, jmarchitects Edinburgh

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