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Contractor Morgan Sindall appointed to carry out extension works at Inverness's Gaelic Primary School and Tarradale Primary in Muir of Ord

By Gregor White

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A CGI of the planned extension to Inverness's Gaelic Primary School.
A CGI of the planned extension to Inverness's Gaelic Primary School.

Morgan Sindall is to carry out work to accommodate more pupils at schools in Inverness and Muir of Ord.

The 800-metre extension to Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis will provide space for an additional 110 nursery and early years pupils.

A new self-contained annexe will house four classrooms, toilets, a staffroom and an admin room as well as a full commercial kitchen and dining hall.

It will be assembled offsite using modular construction methods.

Work is already underway and is due to be completed before the end of the year.

Ian MacDonald, special works manager at Morgan Sindall Construction in Scotland, said: "Offsite modular construction methods offer a level of quality, efficiency and flexibility that’s prized by progressive local authorities looking to invest in their education provision.

"By looking at the development of its schools holistically, Highland Council has been able to respond to the needs of local communities without delay, delivering invaluable extra primary and early years places where they’re most needed, with minimal disruption to day-to-day teaching."

Morgan Sindall has also been contracted to renovate and reconfigure an existing building at Tarradale Primary School in Muir of Ord to provide three new classrooms.

They will also relocate and install a doble classroom temporary unit from Inverness's Smithton Primary which is also being extended.

Mr MacDonald added: "We’re very pleased to continue supporting Highland Council on its education estates strategy and look forward to handing over both projects later this year."

Chairman of Highland Council’s care, learning and housing committee, Councillor John Finlayson, said: "We are delighted to be working with Morgan Sindall Construction to further improve our school estate and develop new learning environments which will support our educational ambitions to improve attainment and achievement in modern learning facilities."

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