Cairneyhill pupils take part in building for the future

Pupils from Cairneyhill Primary School, near Dunfermline
Pupils from Cairneyhill Primary School, near Dunfermline

Pupils at Cairneyhill Primary School in West Fife were the ‘guests of honour’ at a new housing development, reports GAIL MILNE.

The new housing development has scooped a top environmental award and among the first to celebrate were school children from the local primary school who have been involved throughout the £4million development.

The development had attained a 3 star award by BREAM, the sustainable homes watchdog.

During the design stages for the project a partnership agreement was signed by Cairneyhill Primary School, Kingdom and Akela Developments, who was the contractor for the project. The aim of the agreement was to try and involve the school in all aspects of the project. This allowed the school children to visit the construction site and learn more about design and renewable technologies at sessions with the Ecology Centre.

The housing project was delivered by Kingdom Housing Association as part of the Fife Alliance Programme and cost over £4m and with part funding coming from the Scottish Government.

Alan McGuckin, chief executive with Kingdom said: “This project is an excellent example of the types of community initiatives we try to incorporate into all our capital projects and it is great to see how enthusiastic the school children are when they get involved.”

After the presentations at the school, everyone went along to the housing project to see the completed artwork.

Lesley Carter, head teacher at Cairneyhill Primary School said: “Cairneyhill Primary School have thoroughly enjoyed our partnership with Kingdom Housing, Akela Construction and Susheila Jamieson. Everyone involved has learned lots about building greener homes and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. All the children from nursery through to Primary Seven had a chance to be involved in an exciting art project resulting in a wonderful piece of street art which everyone can be proud of. The school was delighted to welcome new children into our learning community and other residents to our village.”

The housing project was built on the site of the former builders yard and was designed for Kingdom by Bracewell Stirling Architects. All 39 new homes have now been allocated as social rented tenancies and have been designed to meet the needs of families and people who may have mobility problems.