EDUCATION: New £15.1m Renton Campus is taking shape in the village

The new Renton Primary school and early years education complex.

By Democrat reporter

Construction of the new £15.1m Renton Campus is progressing well, with contractors well on track to complete the first phase of the project later this year.

Work to the structure of the campus building, which was fought for long and hard by local parents, has now been completed and fitting out of the interior, including partitions and mechanical and electrical work, has begun.

Cllr Jim Bollan, of the Community Party, said: “Great to see the new Renton Primary School Hub coming together. The driving force behind this was the Parent Council which was chaired at the time by Angela McCabe. Angela and her colleagues started and drove the campaign for a new school, which is now coming to fruition.  Without their perseverance and commitment, it might never have happened.

“The only negative aspect of this exciting project which is very welcome and needed is that the SNP Council refused to integrate St Martin’s Primary into the building, which would have ensured all primary aged children from the Village would be taught in a modern fit for purpose facility.”

Parents who campaigned to have St Martin’s included in new school with Cllr Jim Bollan.

New CGI images show how the finished campus including a state-of-the-art Primary School, Language and Communication Base and Early Learning and Childcare Centre will look.

The modern facilities include terraces for outdoor play and learning on each floor which are accessible from the indoor learning and teaching zones; breakout nooks for teaching in small groups;  open plan dining areas; a tiered common seating area;  and bright playrooms with floor to ceiling windows.

Two class bases with a shared low stimulus room on each level of the campus will be dedicated to pupils within the Language and Communications Base with further support accommodation such as the Sensory Room.

In addition, a new multi-use sports pitch and playground area will be built on the site of the current school, which will be demolished once the new building is complete.

Pupils from Renton Primary School, children at Riverside ELCC and staff have been involved throughout the project, participating in different design and construction activities to support the curriculum. A recent well received engagement session took place with staff using virtual technology and realistic modelling to provide a live flythrough experience so that  staff feel familiar with their new surroundings before the move to the new campus.

The progress comes despite significant delays due to the impact of Covid-19, which saw the site closed for three months last year.

The principal contractor for the new build, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Limited, continues to implement strict health and safety working practices on site to ensure work can continue safely, including increased hand sanitiser stations and physical distancing.

Cllr Iain McLaren and Education convener Cllr Karen Conaghan.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I am so pleased to see such progress on the Renton site despite the unforeseen delays last year. The campus is really starting to take shape, and the new CGI images show what a fantastic facility it is going to be for the young people of Renton and the local community as a whole.”

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I am delighted to see this project moving forward so quickly – pupils in Renton will be in and making use of the modern facilities before they know it.

“The various spaces shown in the new images are sure to support the many different ways in which children and young people learn, and the outdoor terraces in particular will give staff and children a great additional resource.

“The new and improved environment will without a doubt enhance the educational experience of local young children for many years to come.”

One of the break-out spaces in the new Renton Primary School complex.

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