Sector: Education Completion date: August 2019

Robertson has delivered the new £8.4m school, for Angus Council, through the Hub East Central Scotland framework. It was part of the second phase of the Arbroath Schools Project, which will see a total of three new schools opening throughout 2019 and 2020. This follows the replacement of Timmergreens and Warddykes schools, both of which opened in August 2016.

The school has 11 classrooms, a nursery and associated sports pitch, landscaping, parking and drop-off. The capacity is 335 primary-aged pupils, 72 pre-school children, and 35 staff members.

Constructing a school within existing grounds 

The old Ladyloan Primary was originally built in 1974, near to Arbroath Football Club’s Gayfield Park, as a replacement for the previous Victorian building.

The new Ladyloan Primary, as well as the two other projects in this phase of the Arbroath Schools Project, have been constructed in phases within the existing school grounds. This enables the facilities to keep operating in a way that minimises the impact on children and staff.

Phase 1 of the project is now complete and saw the new school being built over a 68-week programme, close to the coast in Arbroath.

After the new building was completed, there was a transition period in order to transfer teaching facilities to the new school.

Now that the pupils and staff have moved in, the project’s focus has now switched to phase 2: the demolition of the older buildings. New car parking and a sports pitch will then be constructed where the old buildings once stood.

Project team 

Architect: Holmes Miller
Project manager: Angus Council
Principal contractor: Robertson Tayside
Civil & structural engineer: Goodson Associates 
M&E engineer: Hawthorne Boyle
Quantity surveyor: W.I. Talbot LLP


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