Pupils and staff from schools in Maybole and Prestwick joined councillors and the Hub South West construction team to celebrate the start of building works on the town's new campuses this week.
Maybole Community Campus, set to open in 2023, will incorporate Carrick Academy; St Cuthbert's Primary School, and a new non-denominational primary school. This will bring together Cairn and Gardenrose Primary Schools and their associated Early Years Centres, and will create an inspiring learning environment for up to 1,370 pupils.
The campus will also benefit the local community, with a brand-new swimming pool to replace the existing Maybole pool; a meeting space; enhanced sporting facilities and a changing pavilion.
Prestwick Educational Campus is set to provide a first-class learning environment for over 800 children from Glenburn and St Ninian's Primary Schools, and their associated nursery provision when it opens in 2022.
Work on the new shared campus, being built on the existing Glenburn Primary site, is progressing well with foundations already nearing completion. The schools will continue to operate individually on the site but will benefit from the improved shared facilities. The combined Early Years Centre will operate separately within the new shared campus 52 weeks of the year.
Both campuses were designed by BDP and will be highly sustainable, with no use of fossil fuels, demonstrating our commitment to reducing Council emissions to net zero by 2045.
Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said: "I'm delighted that work has begun on both campuses. It's our priority to ensure our children and young people get the best possible start in life and thrive throughout their years at school.
"This investment in our school estate will bring fantastic learning facilities to Maybole and Prestwick, helping us to close the attainment gap in South Ayrshire.
"The new campuses will not only provide modern and engaging environments for our young people, but they will also become central hubs for the surrounding communities, and I look forward to seeing the buildings take shape."