Ceremony marks official opening of £15m East Renfrewshire school
An official opening ceremony has been held at the new £15 million Maidenhill Primary and Nursery in East Renfrewshire.
With more than 800 homes being built in the surrounding area in the coming years, this facility has been established so that East Renfrewshire Council can address the increased demand for primary and nursery places.
Delivered by BAM Construction, the facility opened its doors to pupils at the start of the session last year and has now been given the formal seal of approval with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
Councillor Paul O’Kane, convener for education and equalities, and council leader Tony Buchanan both expressed their delight at the opening of the new school and nursery, which will help shape the new Maidenhill community.
Councillor O’Kane said: “It is fabulous to see the new Maidenhill Primary and Nursery Class up-and-running in this vibrant, state-of-the-art facility. We are committed to providing the very best opportunities for all our children and young people and the facilities available at Maidenhill, both indoor and outdoor, really are top class.
“The affinity that the pupils already have with the school is so evident from the minute you walk through the doors and I’m sure as the community grows and develops we will see fantastic things from everyone connected to Maidenhill.”
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Lindsey Mitchell, architect director at BDP Glasgow Studio, which worked on the project, said: “We are delighted to have designed and delivered this innovative school which is more than just a building for teaching and learning. Maidenhill Primary School is based in a new community and is the focal point for residents.
“East Renfrewshire is keen to provide the best learning environments for children and we were able to focus create a building with spaces to help the school achieve their educational and societal aspirations through architecture. It is open plan with a central heart of the building to allow for school and community use.
“It is an example of BDP’s approach to create schools that deliver academic, social, economic benefits to the wider community and not just in term time.”