Keys handed over for £18.9m East Lothian primary school

Morrison Construction has officially handed over keys for the new £18.9 million Wallyford Primary School to East Lothian Council.

Completed with development partner hub South East, the new facility replaces the existing school building at Salters Road.

It will provide 28 classrooms as well as a further four nursery classes offering up to 120 pre-school places when it opens to staff and pupils on February 20.

The outside space includes all weather pitches, basketball hoops, landscaping and grassed areas. The school also includes resources for wider use by the community including a new library which is currently being completed internally.

To mark the key handover, representatives from hub South East and Morrison Construction were joined on site by cabinet spokesperson for education, Councillor Shamin Akhtar, alongside head teacher Mhairi Stratton and children who will soon be enjoying their new school.

Roddy Clark, project director for hub South East, said: “We’re delighted to have successfully handed over another fantastic project in East Lothian. The new Wallyford Primary School is a significant investment in education for the council and working in partnership, we’ve delivered a first-class facility for pupils and staff alongside a range of benefits for the wider community.”

“A great deal of work has gone into the design and construction of the new school and the feedback received so far has been extremely positive. We wish pupils and staff all the best for next week and hope they enjoy exploring their new learning space.”

Morrison Construction framework director, Billy Gray, added: “I am delighted to be here today as we celebrate the successful delivery of this state-of-the-art education facility for the East Lothian community.

“In addition to the delivery of this fantastic school we have positively impacted on the local economy through our progressive social value programme. During construction, we provided 166 days of work experience, supported 13 apprenticeships and four trainees while reinvesting £5.6m into the community through the employment of local businesses.”

Morrison is due to begin work this month on Letham Primary School at Letham Mains on the west side of the town.

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