Angus Council admits schools project budget increase

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Questions over a medley of costs for the schools project have been clarified by Angus Council this afternoon (Thursday).

A council spokesperson said: “The currently estimated £11 million net cost of the new build construction works is be funded from the council’s overall capital budget resources.

“Other aspects of the project including the provision of temporary accommodation and long term improvements to Muirfield Primary School, result in an overall estimated gross cost of £12.276 million.”

Read independent Councillor Ewan Smith’s concerns over the Council’s cost transparency in tomorrow’s Arbroath Herald.

Initial works for the new Timmergreens and Warddykes primary schools will start on site in the next couple of weeks.

Robertson Construction is undertaking a six-week advance works contract, which includes initial site preparations and specific ground works.

This work is being done ahead of the appointment of a new contractor for the construction of the two new schools, following the collapse of the construction firm initially selected to undertake the project.

The council’s education spokesperson Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “The six week advance works contract we’ve entered into with Robertson Construction will keep the project on track for the 2016 opening dates – Easter for Timmergreens and summer for Warddykes – and reduce the risk of potential further cost increases through construction inflation.”

The replacement of Timmergreens and Warddykes primary schools is the first phase of Angus Council’s major investment programme to upgrade the primary school estate in Arbroath.