WORK on the £25 million project at Queen Margaret Academy is now underway.

The new state-of-the-art school, which is set to “transform” learning and become a hub for the local community, will bring accommodation for teaching Gaelic, as well as have psychological services.

The building will have places for up to 800 pupils and feature, modern classrooms, large games halls, a gym, a fitness and movement room, two all-weather pitches and hard games courts.

Once the new school opens in October 2019, the old building will then be demolished and the site fully landscaped.

Cllr Peter Henderson, said: “The start of work at the new Queen Margaret Academy is another example of our commitment to transform learning environments across South Ayrshire.

“One of our priorities is to ensure young people leave school with the skills they need for learning, life and work and delivering a first-class education is a significant step towards achieving this.

“Schools always play a central role in our communities. We have just introduced an initiative in some of our schools called Our People, Our Place. 

“Through these schools we work with partners to deliver local services in the heart of communities.

“I have no doubt that when complete the new Queen Margaret Academy will also be a focal point and a hub for the community.”

Tony Flynn, Head Teacher at Queen Margaret Academy, commented: “This is an exciting time for young people, parents and staff. 

“The plans look amazing and extensive consultation took place to ensure the new school reflects the needs of everyone including the local community.

“The new school building will be a great benefit to our young people, given its state-of-the-art teaching facilities and extensive new sports facilities, which include two all-weather floodlit synthetic pitches and a fitness suite.”