Provost celebrates official opening of new Boclair Academy

Monday, 17 October, 2022

Pupils, teachers, parents, Councillors and invited guests joined East Dunbartonshire’s Provost Gillian Renwick to celebrate the official opening of the new Boclair Academy building in Bearsden.Official opening of Boclair - Provost with Councillors and project partners

The new £40.9m school, built on the site of the previous Boclair Academy building in Inveroran Drive, Bearsden, is now home to the school’s 1,000 pupils. 

Provost Renwick, with the help of School Captains Jude and Harli, unveiled the plaque to officially open the fabulous building, during a ceremony filled with music and celebration.

Provost Renwick said, “There is a great feeling of warmth and community within Boclair Academy and since the doors opened at the start of term in August, pupils, teachers and staff have really made this new building their own. 

“The official opening ceremony was an opportunity for senior pupils to show invited guests around their fantastic new building, which is fitted with the latest technology and has flexible learning areas both inside and out. Guests were also treated to excellent hospitality and outstanding musical performances throughout the evening.

“It was an honour to officially open this wonderful new school building and I wish pupils, teachers and staff every success in their new accommodation.”Official opening of Boclair Academy

Head Teacher Douglas Brown added, “Boclair Academy is a wonderful school, a school we have always been exceptionally proud of. However, we now have a stunning new building, which the school community was heavily involved in designing, and we could not be more proud! Work has already begun on improved outdoor sport facilities alongside a fully integrated landscape design, which will include car and cycle parking bays, and we look forward to seeing that completed in the coming year.

“It was a privilege to welcome Provost Renwick to officially open our new school and to celebrate with our invited guests as we begin this new chapter in Boclair Academy’s history.”

The £40.9m building - which boasts a large gym hall, dance studio, performance areas and the latest technology - was delivered by the Council in partnership with the SCAPE Construction Framework and contractor Wates Construction Limited/McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited. Here is a list of the partners involved:

  • The procurement framework used for the design and delivery of the new building through its Supply Chain, SCAPE is a public private joint venture organisation established to develop and deliver value for money property solutions for its public sector partners.
  • Wates Construction Limited: The Main Contractor, appointed through SCAPE, to construct the new school.Provost Gillian Renwick celebrates the official opening of the new Boclair Academy with pupils
  • McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited: Sub-contractor appointed by Wates Construction Limited to complete the whole works. 
  • Ryder Architecture: The architecture firm, appointed through SCAPE, to design the new school.
  • Doig & Smith: the Council’s Contract Administrator and independent cost consultant.
  • Curtins: the civil and structural engineer for the project.
  • Hawthorne Boyle: the mechanical and electrical engineer for the project.

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