Plans lodged for £16.5m Passivhaus-standard replacement for two Perth primary schools

A new £16.5 million Passivhaus-standard primary school is to be built on the grounds of North Muirton Primary School in Perth, under newly filed plans submitted to the local authority.

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Designed by Architype, the two-storey North Perth Primary School at Uist Place will replace ageing schools at North Muirton and Balhousie, both of which are set to close.

Education secretary and Perthshire North MSP John Swinney announced in December that the North Perth Primary School, as well as a new £58m Perth High School, would proceed as a result of funding from phase two of the £1 billion Learning Estate Investment Plan (LEIP). Perth & Kinross Council will receive 50% of the total capital cost of building over 25 years, with the council money for both projects approved in September.

A planning application has now been submitted and will go to public consultation.

Caroline Shiers, the council’s lifelong learning convener, said: “This is a major step along the road to seeing the delivery of the new school to serve the communities of Balhousie and North Muirton and I am looking forward to seeing the new-build progress.

“The school will serve the needs of local children and their families for many years to come and will provide state-of-the-art facilities which are much needed within the local area.”

The new primary is scheduled to open in 2023, while the high school is expected to open in 2024.

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