WORK is well underway at the site of a new state-of-the-art school for pupils with additional support needs.

When it is complete, the school in Kirkintilloch, promises 200 children and young people a richly enhanced educational experience.

East Dunbartonshire Council's joint leaders and partners helped break ground as work gets underway on the £34.9m school, scheduled to open in 2023.

Accommodating children from ages 2-18 who currently attend Campsie View and Merkland Schools, the building has been designed to be both practical and stimulating for pupils who have a broad range of additional support needs.

It boasts lots of open spaces, a sensory trail leading from ground to first floor and extra wide lifts for wheelchair users.

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Bright colours, natural materials and garden spaces contribute to creating a happy and nurturing environment throughout.

There is an emphasis on outdoor play and learning at the new school with landscaping, a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a full-size football pitch that will also be available for community use.

Joint council leader Andrew Polson said: "A huge amount of work has been done to ensure that this new school will offer its pupils and staff the space and resources they need.

“It will be modern, bright, airy, high-tech and welcoming. I am sure the children and young people will love it and settle very quickly.

“There will be wider benefits too as local groups will be able to use the pitch and there is the potential for partnerships to be built up as the school becomes an integral part of the community of Waterside.

“It is a much-needed facility, and I am thrilled to see progress on site."

Paul Griffen, McLaughlin & Harvey managing director, added: "We are delighted to continue our relationship with East Dunbartonshire Council and be part of the construction of the new ASN school in Kirkintilloch.

“To be awarded this contract is testament to the reputation we’ve built for delivering high-quality builds within the education sector.”