First look at delayed £70m new super school campus

The Ardrossan Community Campus will be built on the North Shore - a former Shell Oil industrial site.

Ardrossan Community Campus: First look at North Ayrshire’s new £70m super school JM Architects

The first image of the design of a £70m super school in North Ayrshire has been revealed by the project’s architects.

JM Architects, which has designed schools across Scotland, confirmed it had submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) for the new Ardrossan Community Campus.

The development has been subject to significant delay but North Ayrshire Council has given the go-ahead for preparatory works to start on the land.

The school will be built on the North Shore in Ardrossan as part of a wider redevelopment on a former Shell Oil industrial site.

Before the first bricks are laid, extensive remediation works are to be carried out to make the ground suitable.

The project – the largest school investment in the area’s history – will be for children aged two to 18 and will be formed from the closure and merger of Ardrossan Academy and Winton Primary School and Early Years Class.

It will also house a public library and swimming pool.

JM Architects said the state of the art facility will “transform” the learning experience for children and act as a “catalyst” for regenerating the North Shore area.

The council agreed to lease nearly 1,500 square metres of seabed from Crown Estate Scotland to build a sea wall at the site with an initial rent of £38,850.

It is hoped the school will be ready by August 2026, after delays caused by Covid and “construction industry issues”.

A council spokesperson said: “JM Architects have designed a facility that not only serves pupils, staff and the wider community but fits with the council’s drive towards becoming net-zero.

“With stunning views to Arran, this offers a brilliant opportunity to design and build a unique community learning environment that will transform the lifelong learning experience for the community of Ardrossan and the surrounding area.”

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