Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to build two school campuses for primary, secondary and early years education worth a combined £64 million.
The main contractor will deliver Prestwick Educational Campus and Maybole Community Campus for hub South West and South Ayrshire Council.
Work on the Prestwick campus is expected to start in the summer of 2020 with completion by the end of 2022.
The campus will be built on the site of the existing Glenburn Primary School and have capacity for up to 823 children.
It will accommodate the former Glenburn intake while allowing St Ninian’s Primary to relocate there. The campus will also include an early years centre.
Work on the Maybole Community Campus is expected to get underway next summer with completion in the spring of 2023.
The new campus, which will be built on the site of the existing Carrick Academy, will have capacity for up to 1,370 children and young people.
As well as providing space for a new secondary school, the campus serving Maybole and Carrick will bring together Cairn, Gardenrose and St Cuthbert’s primary schools together with early years provision.
In addition to providing learning and teaching it will include some facilities that will be open to the wider community. Both developments will be designed by architectural firm BDP.
Both early years centres will help South Ayrshire Council achieve the Scottish Government target to double early years childcare to 1,140 hours per child by 2020.
The campuses will include classrooms, interactive play areas and sporting facilities. The Maybole campus will also feature a swimming pool which will be accessible to the public.
Stuart Parker, Morgan Sindall Construction’s managing director in Scotland, said: “We’re very proud to be working with South Ayrshire Council and hub South West to deliver such a transformative investment in South Ayrshire’s education provision.
“We have extensive expertise in designing and building primary, secondary and early years schools, and this brief fits that perfectly.
“But a large part of our successful bid was our commitment to a deliver a community training programme alongside the build process with TIGERS Ltd (Training Initiatives Generating Effective Results Scotland) – a training provider and employment broker we have a longstanding relationship with.
“Through this programme we’ll be training young, local people in construction and related skills to enable them to pursue a career in the industry.
Councillor Peter Henderson, resources and performance portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council added: “This is an exciting development and an important milestone for South Ayrshire Council, as we continue to transform learning for our children and young people.
“The campus-style approach will work really well in both Maybole and Prestwick, being at the same location means the schools will all have access to high quality internal and external facilities.
“Giving children and young people the best learning experience possible is a key ambition and these new campuses will have facilities which will inspire learners for many decades to come.”
The next steps will involve engaging with stakeholders to help develop designs for each campus which the Council will publicise in due course.