Arbroath schools will be built despite firm collapse

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The collapse of Muirfield Contracts has forced a delay in the development of two Arbroath primary schools.

Timmergreens and Warddykes Primary Schools were due to be replaced by more modern facilities by the Dundee-based construction firm when it recently crumbled.

Angus councillors met on Tuesday at the local authority’s policy and resources committee in Forfar to discuss the progression of the Arbroath Schools Project with a 
new contractor.

Councillor Alex King said: “This is a priority project and there is no question of these schools not being rebuilt.”

The council is still waiting on firm proposals from Hubco, a procurement agency, with hopes that a contractor will be appointed by the end of this month.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “The £11 million project to replace Timmergreens and Warddykes primary schools is the first phase of our major investment programme to upgrade the primary school estate in Arbroath.”

Independent councillor Ewan Smith said: “I’ve referred the item to full council for next Thursday, March 26.

“I think it is absolutely crucial that all 29 councillors have another look at this and take a full account of how much the school project is costing, why it is costing more money and ensure that the costs don’t continue to go up.

“I know it is difficult because there will be a change of contractor but it’s absolutely crucial with public money that we ensure that the taxpayer is getting full value for money and we have to be open and honest about how much the project is going to cost.

“It has to go ahead, we can’t leave a pile of rubble outside the school, but it has to come at a price and we have to report at every available opportunity what those costs are.”