Inverclyde Now Logo GREENOCK School Reopens After £6Million Makeover

23 October, 2020 | Local

A SCHOOL in the heart of Greenock town centre has reopened following a £6million transformation.

St Mary’s Primary has been extended and completely refurbished in time for the return of pupils and staff after the October break.

The building has been modernised throughout, a new entrance created and a gym/assembly hall added onto the existing building, which first opened in 1909. Work was also carried out on the roof and stonework.

The project is the last major refurbishment under Inverclyde Council’s £270million investment in its schools estate in which every local primary and secondary has been either rebuilt or given an extensive makeover.

Councillors Martin Brennan and Jim Clocherty

Councillor Jim Clocherty, convener of education and communities, said: “There’s so much more space been created within the building and the team have managed to add a new games and assembly hall whilst retaining the character and charm of this 111-year-old building.

“This is one of the final schools as part of the council’s unprecedented estates programme, which has seen every school brought up to a first-class standard.

“It all bodes well for the future and for the continued success of education here in Inverclyde.”

St Mary’s had been decanted at the former Sacred Heart Primary in Westmorland Road for the last two years while the work took place.

Staff returned on Monday (19 October) to set up ahead of the pupils starting back on Friday (23 October).

One of the biggest changes is the creation of a new main entrance just off Kelly Street.

It means the school now has three access points with the original Houston Street entrance and the more recently used Patrick Street entrance both retained.

The new gym and assembly hall has been added at the rear of the building.

The last school to be completed as part of the council’s estates programme is Gourock Primary.

That project, which includes an extension and partial remodelling/refurbishment, has been delayed because the original contractor went into administration earlier this year meaning a new builder has to be appointed.

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