The stunning new £37 million Cumbernauld Academy and accompanying Cumbernauld Theatre near Glasgow have been handed over to North Lanarkshire Council ahead of the new school term in August.
Completed a few weeks before the start of the autumn term, the new multi-million pound developments were formally handed over by contractor Morrison Construction and their development partner Hub South West.
Commenting on the development, Hub South West’s Chief Executive Michael McBrearty, said: “The fine new educational and arts facilities marks a significant moment in the history of Cumbernauld, and we believe it [also] symbolises a new era in the future development of the town.”
The new campus will host a large secondary school with a capacity for up 1250 secondary pupils and acts as a replacement venue for the current Cumbernauld Theatre.
The newly developed theatre includes a 305-seat main theatre auditorium, an 80-seat digital media cinema, café, studio theatre with 105-seat capacity and a dance studio.
Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education and Families, said: “The new campus is truly stunning and will provide enormous educational benefits for young people in the area for generations to come. We will also ensure that the building can bring new opportunities for the wider community to benefit from.”
The Design, Build, Finance and Maintain contract for the Cumbernauld developments is the third in a series of large school projects designed and built by Hub & Morrison on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, following on from the successful delivery of Clyde Valley Campus and Greenfaulds High School.
Morrison Construction Central Scotland Managing Director Eddie Robertson, said: “I am delighted to celebrate the completion of this state-of-the-art education facility for the Cumbernauld community. This important milestone demonstrates the continued success of our working relationship with North Lanarkshire Council and hub South West.
“During the construction of this fantastic building, we have invested £20.2million into the community through the employment of local businesses. Our progressive social value programme also provided 165 days of work experience, supported 13 apprenticeships, three graduates and created 10 jobs.”