Schools to get £10 million upgrade

Dalziel High will get new fire and intruder alarms
Dalziel High will get new fire and intruder alarms

All five secondary schools in the Motherwell area are set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment package.

Our Lady’s, Taylor, Brannock, Braidhurst and Dalziel are all included in a share of a £10m being spent by North Lanarkshire Council.

It is hoped the programme will extend significantly the lifespan of the schools as well as modernise heating and lighting systems.

It follows the scrapping last year following massive protests of plans to build a new school for Our Lady’s and Taylor at Ravenscraig.

Our Lady’s will have a full electrical rewire costing £1.8m, a suspended ceiling upgrade at a cost of £516,000 and £360,000 spent on internal decoration.

Taylor will have windows replaced costing £372,000, the first floor recladded for £540,000 and a new £300,000 entrance.

Brannock will have lighting, wiring and ceilings replaced costing £780,000, a £300,000 suspended ceiling upgrade costing and the fire and intruder alarms upgraded for £132,000.

£3m will be spent at Braidhurst on an extensive programme of window and door replacement, a further £1.08m will pay for renewed heating and boilers and there will be a new £96,000 lift.

Dalziel will have the fire and intruder alarm systems upgraded costing £168,000.

This investment package was agreed by the learning and leisure committee after plans to merge Our Lady’s and Taylor were rejected in September last year.

James McKinstry, the council’s head of resources, said: “Following that decision a review of the secondary school estate in Motherwell was carried out and the investment programme is the result.”

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services, added: “Local businesses and young apprentices will benefit from the employment opportunities created from the investment programme.”

In total the council aims to spend £9,466,000 in Motherwell, with a contingency of £534,000.

A report will be brought to the committee later. In addition, £10m has been allocated to improve schools in Bellshill area.