Views sought on new £54million Community Campus

The new campus will be built on the existing Inverurie Academy site
The new campus will be built on the existing Inverurie Academy site

Aberdeenshire Council is hosting an engagement event next week to provide the community with opportunities to discuss early proposals for a new campus.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 6.30pm at Inverurie Academy.

Representatives from the authority will provide an update on the progress to date on the project including anticipated timescales, with work due to start in 2018 and complete in 2020.

The council is encouraging parents, carers and the wider community to attend the event for the opportunity to see plans for the project that will include both learning and leisure facilities.

The preferred option was approved by Garioch Area Committee and Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee last year and involves the redevelopment of the existing academy as a brand new purpose built campus.

The new Inverurie Community Campus is estimated to cost around £54million and will include a swimming pool and community facilities alongside flexible educational spaces at the core of its design.

In January the Scottish Government also announced that the project would be included in a £230million investment in the final phase of the £1.8billion Schools for the Future programme.

The new campus will be built on the existing playing fields at Inverurie Academy, allowing a phased project build with open space being created when the current building is demolished.

The flexibility of the design also includes the opportunity to consider the inclusion of secondary pupils of St Andrews School as part of the new campus. This opportunity will be discussed as part of ongoing consultation with parent groups and stakeholders, before any further developments are progressed.

Head of Resources and Performance Craig Clement said: “There is a strong commitment from the council to enhance the school estate and this project will be the fourth new academy to be built as we continue work to create and update schools across Aberdeenshire.

“The council is striving to deliver schools which both drive and support effective learning and teaching in addition to serving the needs of our wider community.

“A series of workshops have taken place with external advisors to shape the design of the project and incorporate the most current and innovative approaches from other campus projects in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland.

“A full design team, including Aberdeen architects Halliday Fraser Munro, will develop the strategic brief into a building design, and these early designs will be shared at forthcoming stakeholder engagements.”

The number of pupils living in the catchment area of Inverurie Academy is set to steadily increase by approximately 500 pupils over the next eight years and construction of the new school will see the capacity set at around 1,600.

The Inverurie Community Campus engagement event is part of a series of meetings taking place to consider education provision within the Garioch area.