A turf cutting ceremony was held today (Monday) to mark the start of work on a major contract to improve the learning environment at Plockton High School and introduce a new biomass heating system for the entire school complex.
Mansell Construction Services Ltd's Elgin Business are contracted to complete the £3 million project by early next year.
The works include provision of a new dining hall, better access to classrooms, a new biomass heating system, a new home economics classroom and the conversion of the existing home economics room into a computer suite.
The development has been designed and project managed in house by the Council’s Housing and Property Service on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport Service as client sponsor.
Councillor Drew Millar, Vice-Chairman of the Education Culture and Sport Committee, was assisted by Head Boy Conal McDonagh and Head Girl, Rebecca Inch in cutting the first turfs.
Councillor Millar said: “The Council is delighted to make this significant investment at Plockton High School. The improvements will make a real difference to the learning environment for pupils and staff.”
The four Highland Councillors who serve Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh - Isabelle Campbell, Richard Greene, Audrey Sinclair, Jean Urquhart - are pleased that work is about to start on the eagerly-awaited extension.
Councillor Campbell said: “To see this extension come to a reality is absolutely fantastic news. The children of our area deserve a good environment to work in.”
Councillor Sinclair said: “I am pleased to see the start of this project, which will regenerate the school buildings and will be of benefit to all pupils and staff.”
Duncan Ferguson, head teacher at Plockton High School, said: “The extension will greatly enhance our facilities, especially the new kitchen/dining room, home economics room and recreational space.”
Iain Lumsden, Mansell's Regional Director for North Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to work in close collaboration with The Highland Council and Plockton High School to deliver such important facilities for the school.”