Faithful+Gould Appointed to East Ayrshire Council's Largest Ever Capital Project

Alastair Chisholm
The state-of-the-art Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus will transform learning opportunities in the area for generations to come.

Faithful+Gould has been appointed to the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council, providing Employers Agent and Quantity Surveying services to the £63.5m state-of-the-art Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus.

The new Campus, which will neighbour the Prince's Charities Foundation's Dumfries House Estate, aims to provide progressive learning facilities for thousands of children and young people for the communities of Cumnock, Auchinleck and the surrounding areas; transforming learning opportunities in the area for generations to come.

The vision for Knockroon is to provide over 2000 secondary, primary, early years, supported learning and special education needs pupils with a 21st Century learning and teaching environment with inclusion, health and wellbeing, nurture, support and community access at its heart.

This short animation by Space Strategies shows the emerging vision for the new learning and enterprise campus...

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This short animation by Space Strategies shows the emerging vision for the new learning and enterprise campus, and explores the key factors which are informing the design of the new facility.

Alistair Kidd, senior project and capital accounting manager with East Ayrshire Council welcomed the appointment. He said: "East Ayrshire Council is delighted to be working with Faithful+Gould who will be acting as employers' agents and quantity surveyors on the Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus. Faithful+Gould is one of world's largest consultancies, with a proven record of delivering project and cost management services on a range of large and complex construction projects."

Barry Young, associate director at Faithful+Gould and Project Lead, said: "East Ayrshire Council's aspiration is to deliver a state of the art inclusive learning environment for generations to come. Our role will be integral to ensure East Ayrshire Council realise this ambition. We will deliver a facility that recognises the scale of the investment and our contribution will be to optimise capital expenditure, maintenance and lifetime running costs, increase functionality and efficiency, maximise environmental performance and end user satisfaction overall. We're motivated and excited to get started."

Subject to completion of all necessary consultations and procurement procedures, construction is planned to begin in 2017, with a planned opening scheduled for 2019.

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