In Pictures: John Swinney tops out new Danderhall primary school

Deputy First Minister and cabinet secretary for education John Swinney did the honours at a topping out ceremony yesterday on the site of the new primary school and community facilities in Danderhall.

Mr Swinney with (from left) head teacher Stephanie Campbell, P7 pupils Hazel and Max and Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Jim Muirhead

Mr Swinney marked the occasion of the roof being completed at the £16.78 million facility by signing a steel beam.

He said: “This new school will give local children and young people a modern learning environment that they and their families can be proud of. The leisure facilities, library and café will also make it a hub for people in the surrounding area, in line with our vision for schools being the centre of their communities.

“My thanks to Midlothian Council for their ongoing commitment to improving school buildings and congratulations to them and the construction staff on reaching this terrific milestone.”

Main contractor Heron Bros is delivering the state-of-the-art building, which will be able to accommodate 640 pupils and 120 children in its three nursery spaces.

As well as a new primary school and early learning centre, the new build will have a library, leisure centre, cafe and sports pitches.

The building, on the site of the existing primary school, is planned to open in the autumn of 2020.

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