Turfs up as work starts on new Midlothian schools

Roslin P6 pupil Matthew Smart, Councillor Bob Constable, the Cabinet Member for Education, John Campbell, the Project Manager for McLaughlan & Harvey, P6 Roslin pupil Megan McCraw, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Eric Stark, the Site Supervisor with Midlothian Council, local councillor Councillor Kelly Parry, Ben Middleton, a P2 pupil at Roslin, Dr Mary Smith, the council's Director of Education, Communities & Economy, P6 pupil Jenny Tolmie and Roslin's Depute Head Dorothy Denham.   



(Photo: Rob Gray)

Roslin P6 pupil Matthew Smart, Councillor Bob Constable, the Cabinet Member for Education, John Campbell, the Project Manager for McLaughlan & Harvey, P6 Roslin pupil Megan McCraw, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Eric Stark, the Site Supervisor with Midlothian Council, local councillor Councillor Kelly Parry, Ben Middleton, a P2 pupil at Roslin, Dr Mary Smith, the council's Director of Education, Communities & Economy, P6 pupil Jenny Tolmie and Roslin's Depute Head Dorothy Denham. (Photo: Rob Gray)

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Two sod cutting ceremonies were performed last week by Further Education, Higher Education and Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville.

The first marked work getting underway to replace Paradykes Primary and community facilities in Loanhead.

Ms Somerville then headed to Roslin Primary to cut the turf for a new school, full-size football pitch and all-weather games area.

She said: “Today marks an exciting milestone for the two primary school projects. Paradykes Primary and Roslin Primary will provide modern environments for children to learn in and the additional facilities will be enjoyed by the whole community for generations to come.”

In partnership with Scottish Futures Trust, Midlothian and NHS Lothian, the new £15.4 million Loanhead facility will incorporate a primary school, after school/wrap around care, library, leisure centre, medical centre, and early years provision.

Dr Hamish Reid, clinical director for the Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The modern and purpose-built accommodation will allow Loanhead Medical Practice to provide improved services for patients and will enable even further integration and closer working between health and social care services.”

Morrison Construction is the main contractor at Loanhead. With an opening date of summer 2017, the site includes the existing leisure centre and part of King George’s Field.

The Paradykes replacement school will capacity for 489 pupils while Roslin, which is being built by McLaughlan & Harvey at a cost of £6.8m, can accommodate 267 primary pupils.

Midlothian’s education spokesman councillor Bob Constable (SNP) said: “It’s fantastic to see these facilities get underway. Both have been designed after extensive public consultations.

“We’re confident they will provide first-class facilities serving the needs of local people for many years to come. We’re looking forward to both opening in the summer of 2017.”

Plans are also underway to build homes on the existing site of Paradykes Primary, Loanhead Library and Loanhead Medical Centre (known as Sutherland House).