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Step forward for Aviemore Primary School

Issued: 10 Nov 2010

Tender documents were issued to contractors last week for the new primary school in Aviemore and are due to be returned by Friday 10 December. Work is programmed to start on site in March 2011 and be completed by April 2012.

Located centrally in the village, the £9 million school will feature a range of community facilities including a community library, sports changing facilities, multi purpose activity room, meeting room, learning centre and service point reception with interview rooms as well as:

* 10 primary classrooms, 2 general purpose classrooms and a resources area;
* Nursery and childcare facilities (with independent access);
* Assisted support needs facilities;
* Multi-purpose sports hall;
* Kitchen and dining facilities;
* School library (joint facility with community library)
* Support for learning unit

The project has been designed by The Highland Council's Housing and Property Service on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport Service.

The Chairman of Education, Culture and Sport, Councillor Bill Fernie said: "I am very pleased the tendering process is progressing and we are a step closer to the new school opening. It will be a great asset to the growing town and be very much a community facility for people of all ages to visit and make use of. As it will be centrally located pupils will be able to walk and cycle to their school which will be very much in keeping with the eco-friendly design and ethos of the building."

Local Councillor Jaci Douglas added: "It's great that this project is now moving forward as the community have waited a long time for it. Hopefully this signals the start of a smooth process which will gather momentum and culminate in a fantastic facility for the town and area, in keeping with its National Park location."

© 2010 Highland Public Services Partnership.
Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the INTERREG IIIB Northern Periphery Programme