Glasgow & West Scotland

New school first of £330m Scottish hub projects

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Image caption John Swinney said the building of Ayr Academy was "an important milestone"

Work will begin later this month on the first of 12 capital investment projects in Scotland that were delayed after changes to European Union (EU) rules.

The £25m Ayr Academy in South Ayrshire is being built under the Scottish government's hub funding model.

Under this scheme, public bodies partner with private firms.

All 12 projects, worth £330m, were put on hold last year while ministers sought clarification on whether they should be classed as public or private.

Ministers sought advice from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on how they would be classified following changes to EU accounting guidelines.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced in November that the ONS had concluded that hub projects could be classified to the private sector after revisions to the model were made by the Scottish Futures Trust.

'Important milestone'

The move means that government support can be drawn from the long-term resource budget as previously intended.

Mr Swinney said: "This is an important milestone for Ayr Academy, and I am pleased that construction for this new state-of-the-art facility will now begin by the end of this month.

"These developments will make an enormous difference in local communities, not just from the jobs that the construction will bring, but in the health and education benefits they will provide to local people.

"Work continues on getting the remaining 11 projects to reach financial close as soon as possible, so construction can also begin."

The other 11 projects are:

  • Lothian Health Centre bundle (NHS Lothian) - £25m
  • Inverclyde Care Home (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) - £8m
  • Kelso High School (Borders Council) - £20m
  • Newbattle High School (Midlothian Council) - £35m
  • Baldragon Academy (Dundee City Council) - £25m
  • Elgin High School (Moray Council) - £25m
  • Dalbeattie Learning Campus (Dumfries and Galloway Council) - £25m
  • Barrhead High School (East Renfrewshire Council) - £25m
  • Our Lady & St Patrick's High School (West Dunbartonshire Council) - £25m
  • Campbeltown Grammar and Oban High School (Argyll and Bute Council) - £55m
  • East Ayrshire Learning Campus (Kilmarnock Academy) (East Ayrshire Council) - £40m

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