Stornoway’s Nicolson Centre completes
August 2 2012Nicolson Institute, largest secondary school in the Western Isles, has been completed with the keys handed over by the main contractor FMP ahead of the start of the new academic year.
Accommodating 1,100 pupils the 3DReid designed school replaces the disparate complex of previous buildings with a single unified build, whilst retaining the C-listed Pentland Building and B-listed Matheson Hall.
A second phase of works entailing demolition of redundant school buildings to allow construction of dedicated parking and full size grass pitch will commence in a matter of weeks and complete by January 2013.
Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of the Comhairle said: "The new Nicolson Institute is the largest single part of the hugely successful new schools programme. I am confident that these new schools will demonstrate that putting quality education in quality buildings will allow us to enhance our tremendous record of the highest educational attainment right across these islands.”
The Nicolson Institute is the fifth of six schools to be completed under the $125m Western Isles Schools Project.
Nicolson is the latest school to complete in the region following Point, Balivanich and West Side Primary Schools as well as the first phase of the Sir E Scott School in Tarbert