Construction begins on first hub South West public-private partnership in Scotland

16 July 2021 14:12 - BAM Construct UK Ltd
Construction begins on first hub South West public-private partnership in Scotland

Hemel Hempstead, 16 July 2021 - Ground has been broken on BAM Construction’s first project with hub South West, the Scottish public-private partnership of local authorities and leading Tier 1 building contractors.

BAM Construction Scotland joined hub South West’s supply chain last year.

BAM Construction is building a new Community Hub and Family Learning Centre in Wishaw in North Lanarkshire, which will provide a shared campus for Newmains and St Brigid’s primary schools and a nursery.

The campus will accommodate 484 primary pupils, 88 three-to five-year-olds and 15 two-year olds. The aim is to create comfortable and stimulating denominational and non-denominational school environments purpose built for primary and early years education.

Jim Ward, BAM Construction Regional Director – Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted following the 18-month pre-construction period to be commencing works on Newmains and St Brigid’s Community Hub. We have been so impressed with the commitment of the design team, hub South West and in particular North Lanarkshire Council’s drive to make this project happen.’

He added: ‘We are totally committed to delivering a quality facility along with delivering meaningful social value to the local community and leaving a lasting legacy that the community will be proud of whilst inspiring the next generation of young learners.’

The £19.95 million project is the first of three North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) education projects worth £60 million, spearheaded by hub South West on behalf of NLC.

Michael Ross, Project Director with hub South West, said: ‘We welcome our first contractual relationship with BAM Construction since it joined our supply chain last year and note with pleasure our shared commitment both to this project and our long-term relationship with NLC.’

At a sod cutting ceremony marking the start of construction Councillor Frank McNally, NLC Convener of Education and Families, said the new campus will provide first-class learning and recreational facilities for the local community for generations to come. ‘Children and young people, staff, parents and the local community have all played a considerable role in developing the design for the new community hub, which takes into account both the requirements of the local community and the natural heritage and architecture of the area.’