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Orkney agrees £50m schools investment

Orkney Islands Council has submitted a revised outline business plan to the Scottish Government to secure funding for the construction of new Council facilities.

If agreed by ministers it will represent a £50m investment in the Council’s schools estate.

The business case sets out the proposals for four new council facilities in Orkney. Plans also include a new Kirkwall Grammar School to be constructed on the existing site, a new Stromness Primary School in the town and new halls of residence adjacent to Kirkwall Grammar School.

A new swimming pool would be constructed at the Pickaquoy Centre as part of the proposals. This will be a six lane competition pool with moveable floor and leisure enhancements including a teaching/training pool with beach area.

The revised plans follow a widespread consultation with pupils, parents, teachers and pool users last year and was approved at Full Council on February 26.

The proposal to change the site of Stromness Primary School now requires to go through a statutory consultation process.

Project Manager for the Schools Investment Programme Alan Moar said: “This is a unique opportunity for the council to attract significant funding support towards major new facilities to be delivered in a timescale that could not be achieved by normal means. If successful this could see construction start around spring 2010 with completion two years.”