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Newark Primary School

General Introduction to Project

NewarkInverclyde Council aimed to provide a modern, sustainable, flexible, well equipped new primary and nursery school on the site of the old Boglestone Primary School in Port Glasgow. The new school was to consolidate the existing Highholm, Slaemuir, and Clune Park primary schools, and Barmoss Nursery, to accommodate 594 primary school pupils and 80 am/pm nursery pupils when operating at full capacity. The school was conventionally procured as part of Inverclyde Council's ambitious school building programme (along with Inverclyde Academy, also included as a case study).

It was the aspiration of both Inverclyde Council and the design team to provide an exceptionally high quality education facility that would inspire the children and staff who use the facility on a daily basis. It was also intended that the new school would be seen as a landmark within the area and offer an outwardly positive statement to the people of Port Glasgow about the role of education in the community.

The school has been included as a case study as an excellent example of sustainable design and the commitment to utilise extensive user consultation throughout the design/build process.

Key Project Data

Name of School:

Newark Primary School




Bridgend Avenue, Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, PA14 5SU

Client/Local Authority:

Inverclyde Council

School Capacity:

594 Primary: 80am/80pm Nursery

Procurement Route:

Traditional (Design & Build)

Project Value:

£9.6 million

Gross Internal Floor Area:

4,692 m2

Design Team:

Studio E Architects, London;

M&E Consultants; Max Forham LLP, Edinburgh; C&S Engineers Curtains Consulting Engineers, Edinburgh; Landscape Architects Livingstone Eyre, London.; CDM Co-ordinator CDM Project Safety Ltd

Specialist Consultants:

BREEAM Assessor Ramboll Whitbybird, Glasgow; Testing & Commissioning Engineer, Hulley SFM, Glasgow.


Barr Construction Ltd

Start Date:

5 February 2007

Completion Date:

18 August 2008