Prestwick North Education Campus officially opens
An opening ceremony has taken place for Prestwick North Education Campus.
Although the campus opened its doors to pupils back in August, this was an opportunity for parents, carers, local clergy, councillors, and other politicians to look around the facility which brings together Glenburn Primary School, St Ninian’s Primary School, and a new early years centre.
Before guests were shown around the campus, the schools pulled out all the stops with a musical extravaganza featuring choirs and the Prestwick North Campus P6 Samba Band.
When the tours got underway, visitors had the opportunity to see the impressive learning spaces, games hall and central atrium. They also viewed the new Prestwick North Early Years Centre.
The campus is very proud of its green credentials with guests hearing that everything is run purely on electric power, aided by energy-efficient air source heat pumps and solar panels on the roof.
The outdoor play areas are just as impressive, with an amphitheatre, underground play tunnels, a dedicated garden, active play equipment and an all-weather sports pitch.
Councillor Stephen Ferry, education portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council, said: “This fantastic campus is set to transform learning in Prestwick and beyond.
“Each school continues to have their own identity but benefits from modern, engaging, and inclusive teaching spaces. The central atrium connects the two schools, providing a unique setting where the children can learn, socialise, and dine together.
“The campus benefits from the latest renewable energy technologies. Modern construction techniques and materials have ensured the building is highly insulated, with energy consumption reduced by 61% compared to the old Glenburn and St Ninian’s Primary School buildings.
“We continue to ensure that our children and young people have every opportunity for the best start in life. Over the next decade, we will invest more than one hundred and ten million pounds in our schools and education facilities.
“I would like to thank hub South West Scotland, Morgan Sindall Construction, and BDP Architects for all their efforts. The campus has been shortlisted for a Scottish Design Award which would be the culmination of all their hard work.”
Michael Ross, chief executive of public sector development partner hub South West Scotland, said: “It is fantastic to see the campus has been so well received by both schools, early years centre and the local community. The highly experienced team worked exceptionally well together to achieve the highest design and quality standards.
“South Ayrshire Council’s vision in delivering this campus embracing sustainable measures demonstrates the commitment being made in delivering first class educational facilities that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”