The new state-of-the-art Tullibody South Campus will house three educational spaces in the one place. The Campus will also act as a community hub, including a new library, meeting rooms and gym hall, which residents will have access to.

The building will accommodate approximately 440 pupils from Abercromby Primary School, 120 pupils from St Bernadette's RC Primary School and a 140-place nursery (to be called Tulach Nursery), all with access to some innovative building features including:

Business as usual

Before partial demolition of the original school building could take place making room for the construction of the new Campus within the grounds of Abercromby Primary School, we had to build a temporary teaching village consisting of portacabins to accommodate the missing classrooms.

The installation of the teaching village was completed in 12 weeks within a live school environment. Basic amenities were disconnected from the original building, rerouted and reconnected to the portacabins including:

Hard landscaping works were also carried out including:

The team worked over two weekends to crane the portacabins into position minimising disruption to the daily operation of the school. We also facilitated the decant from the existing classrooms relocating all the furniture, equipment and consumables making the transition from the existing building to the new teaching village seamless for the staff and pupils.

We worked very closely with the school throughout this first phase of the development and continue to do so.

Engaging with the community

As well as constructing the new Campus, the team have created fun and interesting ways for the children of Abercromby Nursery to get involved in the project. Team Robertson modified a section of the perimeter hoarding, that interfaced with the nursery play area, to look like a castle which the children named the ‘Fly High Castle’. It included a viewing platform and viewing windows into the site giving children the chance to see the progress of the building. This was an excellent opportunity to introduce the children to the world of construction.

The Tullibody South Introduction to Construction programme was developed to give 12 older pupils an in-depth insight into various aspects of construction including the; variety of careers available, phases of a live project, skills required and preparation for the workplace. Thereafter a  number of pupils secured work placements with different contractors. This initiative was shortlisted in the Pupil Experience category at the Education Buildings Scotland Awards 2019.

Our hard work was recognised when a Considerate Constructors Monitor awarded us a total score of 44 out of 50 for the overall project. The appearance of the Campus was scored an exceptional 10 out of 10 noting the castle hoarding as ‘exceptionally inventive and imaginative work.’

The Campus building is due to be completed by August 2019 with demolition of the existing schools/nursery, landscaping of the surrounding area, a new car park, pitch, paths and playgrounds due for completion by February 2020.

Project team

Architect: Keppie Design
Project manager: Amber Blue
Principal contractor: Robertson Central East
Civil & structural engineer: Baker Hicks
M&E engineer: Baker Hicks
CDM coordinator: Kirk & Marsh

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