BUILDING work on the new Elgin High School is expected to get underway in February.
The £25 million project has entered the final planning phase with the detailed design expected to go before councillors by the end of this year.
When the announcement was made in September 2012 that the secondary – which has the lowest D-rating in terms of the condition of the building – was to be replaced with funding coming through the Scottish Futures Trust and Moray Council, it was hoped the school would be open to pupils and staff in August 2015.
That date has now been put back to October 2016.
Problems including a layer of peat at the site have made the project more difficult and costly, as well as contributing to the delay.
An apology was also made to the council in December by Jim Royan, chairman of hubCo North, the public and private sector body responsible for the school’s procurement process, for delays to the project.
At that time the completion date was expected to be February 2016.
Earlier this year the local authority agreed to an extra £3 million for the school to increase its capacity to accommodate around 800 pupils.
This week, members of Elgin South Area Forum were given a look at the plans for the new secondary as part of a presentation given by the project manager Shona Leese and Graham Jarvis, the council’s head of lifelong learning, culture and sport.
The design showed a standalone games hall and gym away from the main school, that will be built to the north of the existing site, with the 3G pitch installed on the location of the existing building.
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