Major contract awarded for Caol school campus
The project, valued at £14.6 million, involves the demolition of the existing Caol Primary School and Caol Community Centre buildings and the construction of two new buildings. One building will house the new Community Centre along with Caol Library, Caol Youth Centre and Room 13; the other is a joint campus building that will accommodate an eight-classroom school to replace Caol Primary School as well as a six-classroom school combining the existing Fort William and Lochyside Roman Catholic Primary Schools. Both schools will also have nursery classrooms.
Contracts were awarded last month for a new school at Lundavra Road to replace the existing Fort William and Upper Achintore Primary Schools and also for a new Gaelic medium school at Ardgour Road in Caol. The award of the three contracts along with the final phase of the redevelopment of Lochaber High School - now well underway - will see the Council’s current capital investment in schools in Fort William reach £50 million.
Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Education Children and Adult Committee said: “This is another major investment in the Fort William area as we strive to provide our communities with a learning environment fit for the 21st century. We look forward to working with Kier and the successful delivery of this important project at Caol.”