A new 129-child capacity Learning and Child Care (ELC) building at Hilton Elementary School has been completed and handed over to the school.
The purpose-built facility offers four new ELC classrooms with access to outdoor space, a new reception area, change room and dining room.
External improvements have been made to the playground by relocating the cutting path and orchard, the provision of a new basketball court, as well as improvements to the layout of the existing car park, new bays to bikes for active travel and a drop-off area.
Inside the existing school, the original crèche spaces have been redeveloped to provide a new staff base and toilet facilities.
Housing and Real Estate President Cllr Glynis Sinclair said: “It is great news that students at Hilton Elementary School have a brand new ELC building to enjoy.
“The building is an asset to the community but also to the council as its design will help achieve our ambitious net zero carbon targets which are at the forefront of reducing waste, reducing embedded carbon and reducing carbon while throughout life.
“Thank you to Council Officers and Morgan Sindall for working and collaborating together over the past three years to deliver this vital building which will help minimize our impact on the environment.”
The building’s design is also in line with Morgan Sindall’s community decarbonization strategy.
A group of students from Hilton Elementary School participated in a building forum created in collaboration with the school and Morgan Sindall.
Morgan Sindall organized a weekly site visit to discuss his progress and answer questions from students, who would then report back with an update to their class.
To recognize their work throughout the project, certificates of achievement were awarded to students at the construction forum.
The certificates were signed by Morgan Sindall and the school principal.
Education Chairman Cllr John Finlayson said: “Kudos to the students at the school building forum for ensuring their classmates were updated each week on the progress of their new ELC building.
“It is great that the school and Morgan Sindall have offered the students the opportunity to have a unique learning experience by involving them directly in the project with site visits and taking the time to answer all their questions.
“It is important that our children be encouraged to take an interest in the evolution of their school environment while learning about the world of work and the construction industry.
“Their involvement will help to enhance not only their own learning experience, but also that of other students in the future.”