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£10 million spend on school structural works approved

West Lothian Council is investing £10 million to fix structural issues at three West Lothian schools.

16 February
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Council Executive gave their support to proposals in order to address construction issues at Knightsridge Primary in Livingston, Windyknowe Primary in Bathgate and Our Lady's Primary in Stoneyburn.


The £6.7 million programme for Knightsridge Primary will involve a complete replacement of the reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) panels. Pupils were relocated to either Deans Primary School or Deans Community High in November 2022 following a structural report.


Windyknowe Primary has a £2 million programme to remove RAAC panels, which are only found in the nursery and a specific part of the first floor of the school.   Remedial work, including replacing concrete lintels that have deteriorated, means that a £1.3 million investment programme is required at Our Lady's Primary in Stoneyburn.


Detailed surveys and inspections will take place at all three schools before a timetable for the works is agreed. Further investigations are also ongoing at St Kentigern's Academy in Blackburn, with an update provided to a future meeting of the Council Executive on potential options.


Executive councillor for education Andrew McGuire said: "It's essential we continue to invest in our schools to ensure they remain fit for purpose.


"This £10 million investment programme will address historic construction issues in our school buildings and ensure they can continue to service their local communities for many years to come."