Former St Ambrose High school building
Work has begun on demolishing the former St Ambrose High building following the school’s relocation to its new £44 million campus.
Reigart Demolition has been awarded the contract to clear the Blair Road site. The project got underway two weeks ago and is expected to finish by April.
A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We are assessing options for future use of the site.
“These include a combination of housing and park-and-ride facilities for the nearby train station.”
The demolition contract was awarded at a meeting of the authority’s learning and leisure committee.
Councillors were told: “At the time of tender, there was insufficient information to calculate the extent of material contaminated with hydrocarbons, which require safe removal. £15,000 has been added to all three lowest tenders to cover this.”
The project will cost the council £246,000, of which £190,000 will be paid in this financial year.
Councillors have also agreed a year-long pilot project in which North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) will manage bookings for the community sports facilities at the new St Ambrose and Buchanan high schools campus on Townhead Road.
Community use of the facilities outside school time will be managed from NLL’s base at the Time Capsule, and councillors were told: “It is expected there will be a high demand from various organisations for use of the facility.
“Learning and leisure will pay £35,000 for pitch maintenance per year; indicative use would indicate an income of around £120,000 each year.
“Should this pilot project be successful, the council would then look to put the same model in place in all new schools which incorporate multi-pitch sports facilities.”