First projects named in £1bn Scottish schools spend – list

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
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The Scottish Government has detailed plans to replace 26 schools in the first phase of its £1bn modernisation programme.

Morgan Sindall will build the £42m Maybole Community Campus in Ayrshire
Morgan Sindall will build the £42m Maybole Community Campus in Ayrshire

New schools will be built from Aberdeenshire to Ayrshire, many in new-style community campuses.

The Scottish Government will contribute up to £275m in partnership with local authorities across the country to replace 26 schools, with a further phase of investment to be announced within 12 months.

Several of the projects bring together nurseries, schools, colleges and universities in multi-purpose campuses for pupils aged from three to 18 years.

New Learning Estate Investment Programme First Phase


  • Aberdeenshire – a new Peterhead Community Campus including replacements for Dales Park Primary School, Meethill Primary School, Peterhead Academy and Anna Ritchie School
  • East Lothian – a new Wallyford High School and Whitecraig Primary School
  • East Renfrewshire – replacements for Neilston Primary School and St Thomas’ Primary School
  • Edinburgh – a new Currie Community High School
  • Eilean Siar – a new Castlebay Campus to replace Castlebay High School, Castlebay Primary School and Eoligarry Primary School
  • Fife – a new replacement school for Woodmill and St Columba’s High Schools, part of the development of a new community campus
  • Highland – a Tain 3-18 campus including replacements for Tain Royal Academy, Knockbreck Primary School, Craighill Primary School and St Duthus School
  • Midlothian – a replacement for Beeslack Community High School
  • North Ayrshire – a new Ardrossan Community Learning and Innovation Hub to replace Ardrossan Academy and Winton Primary School
  • South Ayrshire – a new Maybole Community Campus, to replace Carrick Academy, Cairn Primary School, Gardenrose Primary School and St Cuthbert’s Primary School
  • West Lothian – new Beatlie Additional Support Needs Campus

Kerry Alexander, Director of infrastructure finance and programmes at the Scottish Futures Trust, said: “As programme managers we are very much looking forward to working with our public sector partners on the Learning Estate Investment Programme to deliver world-class learning environments to support the future educational needs of learners, as well as providing vibrant community facilities for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.”

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