New era of education as pupils settle in at Caol Joint Campus
The new joint campus building to accommodate Caol Primary School and St Columba’s RC Primary School was handed over to The Highland Council and occupied by pupils prior to the start of the October holidays.
This is the latest phase to be completed in the £16M development project in Caol, which has already delivered a building comprising new accommodation for Caol Community Centre, Caol Library, Caol Youth Centre and Room 13.
Work is continuing on the project with demolition of the former Caol Primary school building to make way for new car parking, school drop off and public green spaces ongoing. Overall completion is scheduled for early in 2017.
Sean O'Callaghan of Kier Construction said: “We are very proud to have delivered a school of this quality and design. I'm particularly pleased that the vast bulk of the work was delivered by our local supply chain in the Highlands and Lochaber area."
Councillor Thomas MacLennan, Chair of the Lochaber Committee said: “I took part in the turf cutting ceremony on the site in June 2014 and there was a lot of excitement and anticipation so it’s great to see pupils, staff and the local community getting settled in and enjoying the start of a new era of education in Caol. The campus is going to be a real hub in the community and it’s facilities enjoyed by many people of all ages for years to come.”
Chair of The Highland Council’s Education, Children’s and Adult Services Committee, Councillor Drew Millar added: “I’d like to congratulate Kier Construction for the great work they have done. The project represents a significant investment for Lochaber and is a fantastic asset for the area. It’s another example of the Highland Councils commitment to providing 21st century schools to enable our children to enjoy a first class learning environment. “