William McIlvanney Campus Topping Out Ceremony


Hub South West’s William McIlvanney Campus recently passed a significant milestone by having the topping out ceremony last week. On Friday the 13th of October, the £45 million William McIlvanney Campus development reached this milestone. The progression of the campus appears to be on schedule and should be completed next year.

The William McIlvanney Campus will be a leading education facility when completed and will hopefully lead to the creation of new opportunities and benefits for the entire community. The new facility will merge Kilmarnock Academy as well as James Hamilton Academy. The Silverwood Primary and New Farm Primary and Early Childhood Center will also combine at the new educational campus.

This project is the latest initiative that has been facilitated by Hub South West, the Partnership that focuses on construction and infrastructure, hub South West works with other forward looking companies and authorities on projects in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The £45 million William McIlvanney campus is being constructed for East Ayrshire Council and will be used, when completed to promote the Gaelic language as a centre of excellence. The facility will accommodate 1,465 secondary, 383 primary, 80 morning and 80 afternoon early years pupils. The building work for the site is being carried out by the well-known construction company Kier Construction.

The new campus has been named after the legendary author, more commonly referred to as Willie. William McIlvanney was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy and later went on to work at the school as a teacher. The name of the new Campus will be a reminder of the author’s heritage for those who admired McIlvanney’s work or those who knew the author.

The campus is expected to be a success for a number of different reasons, the enthusiasm of all of the participating partners working on this project has been demonstrated with the excellent progress that has been made on the project so far.


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