Kier in sweat to deliver Inverness primary in time for new school year

Construction work to deliver a new primary school in Inverness has been delayed by up to four weeks and may not be ready for the new school session in August.

Kier in sweat to deliver Inverness primary in time for new school year

Members of the Ness Castle Primary School Stakeholder Group were updated this week on progress with the construction of the new school building at Ness Castle that is due to be handed over in July.

A letter sent to parents and carers of Holm and Ness Castle Primary Schools states that: “Construction work started in May 2021 and progress has been affected by a number of factors since then, with the result that the works are currently four weeks behind schedule. The impact of the pandemic has been the main contributory factor and continues to have an adverse effect.

“Whilst all possible measures to improve on this situation are being put in place, there is clearly a risk that the new building may not be fully complete and ready for occupation at the start of the new school session in August. However, the contractor, Kier Construction, will be making every effort to meet this deadline.”

The letter added: “It has been agreed that the clearly preferred contingency plan would be to establish the new Ness Castle school at the Holm campus from August, using a combination of available classrooms and additional, good quality, modular classroom units, if required.

“The contingency plan is based on the new school building being operational from the start of the new term after the October holidays – this is considered a worst case scenario at this time.

“The council’s project team are continuing to closely monitor progress on the new build with the contractor and will provide regular updates to the Stakeholder Group, which includes Parent Council representatives from both schools. Head Teachers will also continue to ensure that the wider school community is kept updated.”

The letter added the necessity to have a contingency plan in place given the current environment in which the council is operating.

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