Portakabin to deliver new education campus in Renfrewshire

Members from Crossreach and Portakabin join teachers and local schoolchildren to break the ground on the new project

The social care arm of the Church of Scotland has announced ambitious plans to open a “first class” education campus in Renfrewshire.

CrossReach said the new development in Erskine will provide a high standard of education for around 30 looked after children, aged 8-16-years-old.

The campus is being delivered by Portakabin Scotland and comprises of modular buildings, which will be built off-site and craned into position in April.

CrossReach chief executive, Viv Dickenson, broke the ground at the site at Erskine Waterfront this week to formally start the building work.

Mrs Dickenson said: “This is an exciting day for Crossreach as work commences on our new education campus at Erskine Waterfront.

“Our existing staff team and their pupils are looking forward to moving into bright, modern classrooms containing all the facilities they need to make it a first class learning environment.

“We have been delighted with the welcome already extended by the local community and look forward to building on the good relationships already in place as we develop the outdoor areas and explore ways of working together.”

Gregor Hood, regional hire manager for Portakabin, with CrossReach chief executive, Viv Dickenson

CrossReach is leasing the ground, opposite the Pandamonium Play Centre on Kilpatrick Drive, from Renfrewshire Council. It is expected to take possession of the campus at the end of May.

The existing education team and pupils will move from their current base in Ballikinrain to the Erskine site in August for the start of the new school year.

CrossReach hopes to work with local community groups to develop the green space around the Erskine site for the benefit of all.

The ground breaking event was attended by pupils, teachers, CrossReach staff and representatives from Portakabin Scotland.

Gregor Hood, regional hire manager for Portakabin Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Crossreach to provide a modular solution at Erskine.

“Portakabin has been building nurseries, schools and colleges across Scotland for 30 years.

“The building will provide a supportive and safe environment for up to 30 children and young adults within the local community.

“Constructed entirely off-site, the modules will be delivered and craned into position in April of this year.

“This is a process which will take a matter of days, reducing much of the disruption which would normally come with a traditionally constructed build.”

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