North Scotland set for £200m school developments
North Scotland will see new educational establishments built as part of a £200 million drive to boost the number of schools in the area.Miller Construction has been selected as the preferred partner to deliver the scheme, which stretches from the west coast to the Shetland Islands.Projects in the initiative include Wick Community Campus, Wick North Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy for The Highland Council, while there will be an Alford Community Campus for Aberdeenshire Council and Anderson High School. Halls of residence for the Shetland Islands Council will also be built and a number of other school projects that are currently at the early stages of development.On top of the design and construction, Miller will also provide facilities management and lifecycle services at Wick Community Campus. The financial closure on all the contracts is expected within the next 18 months. The new schools will present opportunities for the supply chain across the north of Scotland and provide local employment, apprenticeships and training opportunities.Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: "We are looking forward to overseeing this range of exciting and innovative projects that will be of great benefit to the education sector across the north of Scotland."Miller is currently on-site delivering Aberdeen Community Health Care Village and community health centres at Forres, Woodside and Tain. This relationship was crucial in the hub North Scotland partnership.North Scotland was the second territory in the country to be established with an estimated project pipeline of £435 million to be delivered over the next ten years. All projects will be delivered through a joint venture company known as hub North Scotland Limited, which is made up of entities from both the public and the private sectors.This new project will benefit the communities in north Scotland, especially children who will be able to attend schools closer to them, as well as giving the construction sector in the area a timely boost.
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