THE creation of Ardrossan's new community campus has moved another step closer.

North Ayrshire Council confirmed the appointment of a contractor to complete the design of the new facility.

The campus is expected to transform Ardrossan North Shore and will comprise of an early years, primary and secondary school with additional support needs.

Once the campus is open, both Winton Primary and Ardrossan Academy's current buildings will close.

The shared community facilities will also include a library, learning hub and indoor sports facilities, including swimming pool, sports hall, gymnasium, dance studio and fitness studio, outdoor sports facilities consisting of two sports pitches and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

There will also be an outdoor learning landscape, recreational and growing spaces, along with associated parking and infrastructure.

The project has had its fair share of delays in what has proved to be a much longer process than was initially intended.

Work on the North Shore site finally began earlier this year and extensive remediation work is continuing  to transform the land into one fitting for facilities.

Construction of the new campus will not begin until this is completed next year.

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Contractor Morgan Sindall will complete the design of the new campus facility.

The company is experienced in this field having recently completed the delivery of the new Maybole Campus for neighbouring South Ayrshire Council.

Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Green Environment and Economy, said: “Projects of this scale take many partners with expertise in different areas, and we are delighted to be now working with another.

“We look forward to providing more details as matters progress over the coming weeks and months.”

While Morgan Sindall Construction's managing director for Scotland, Stuart Parker, said: “The Ardrossan Community Campus will deliver first-class learning facilities built to Passivhaus standards, reflecting our two-fold objective of providing high-quality educational spaces that are also sustainable and energy efficient for future generations."

Passivhaus adopts a whole-building approach with clear measured targets, focussing on high-quality construction that gives a range of proven approaches to deliver net-zero ready buildings with an emphasis on user health and wellbeing.

Mr Parker added: “It’s a privilege to work with North Ayrshire Council who share our vision of creating spaces that not only benefit students but the local community.

"We will be delivering tangible outcomes for Ardrossan that go beyond the campus by working with the local supply chain and creating long-lasting initiatives for the area.

"We can't wait to get started on the project."