The school is part of BAE Systems’ redevelopment of the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopton. Once completed, the school will have a capacity of 440 pupils from the ages of 4-11 and its facilities will include indoor and outdoor learning spaces, a cycling proficiency track and all weather sports pitch.
Work on the school started just before the country went into lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite this, the project has progressed well with the foundations now laid, drainage installed and the building’s steel framework erected.
The next phase of construction will see the primary school start to take a much more visible shape with work set to begin on its exterior walls and roofing, which will be completed by the end of the year. BAE Systems is due to hand the school over to Renfrewshire Council next summer.
Jon Gettinby, Head of Bishopton Programme, BAE Systems, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted most industries in Scotland and the construction industry is no different, however we have made fantastic progress in recovering delays by working collaboratively with Renfrewshire Council and Robertson’s Construction.
“The entire team involved in building the school knows the positive impact that it will have within the local community and we’re proud to work on something that will have such a long-lasting impact on the future of Dargavel Village and Bishopton.”
Cllr Jim Paterson, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “I know parents in Dargavel will be pleased to see work progress on this much-anticipated primary school, despite setbacks due to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Purpose-built buildings that provide the best learning environment are vital to supporting children and young people reach their potential.”