West Lothian’s £3.3 million schools investment programme

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West Lothian Council is taking advantage of the summer holidays to carry out an ambitious £3.3 million investment programme across the school estate.

Works range in complexity and include projects such as a new extension at Balbardie Primary School, and rewiring at Springfield Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School in Whitburn; to ground works, replacement lighting, new roofing and doors, boiler replacements and decoration.

Executive councillor for education Lawrence Fitzpatrick commented: “When the pupils are on their summer break it is an ideal time for us to carry out upgrades and improvement work.

“West Lothian has a planned programme of maintenance and investment in our school estate to ensure that the buildings are in good condition. This summer is no exception with an ambitious £3.3 million programme.”

It is expected that the vast majority of the work will be finished by the start of term. However some work such as the new extension at Balbardie Primary School and emergency lighting replacement at Inveralmond and The James Young High School, is extensive and will take longer to complete.

New external stairs at Bathgate West Nursery and new flooring will be laid at Hopetoun Nursery.

Four new temporary classrooms and toilet facilities will be installed at Armadale Primary School, and new cladding will be fitted at Fallahill Primary School.

Roof improvements will take place at Howden St Andrew’s, Mid Calder, Bellsquarry, and Our Lady of Lourdes primary schools.

Ten primary schools will have new dishwashers fitted in school kitchens.

Amongst other upgrade work five secondary schools (Inveralmond, Linlithgow, The James Young, St Kentigern’s and West Calder) will have improvements to science classes and St Margaret’s will benefit from a new boiler for the swimming pool.