Plans revealed for new Portlethen school

An artist's impression of what the new school could look like.
An artist's impression of what the new school could look like.

Official plans have been lodged for Portlethen’s long-awaited new Hillside Primary school, with an expected price tag of £13 million.

Pictures have been released showing what the proposed new facility, which would be located at the junction of Schoolhill and the Causey Mounth Road, would look like.

A mocked-up picture of the interior of the building.

A mocked-up picture of the interior of the building.

The new school is intended to relieve pressure on Portlethen’s existing primary schools, Fishermoss and Portlethen, due to the sharp increase in Portlethen’s population in recent years.

The plans reveal that the school would hold a role of 355 pupils with approximately 62 staff, and would also provide additional community facilities to the area, including playing fields.

The development of the Hillside area has seen an additional 800 homes in the town, putting pressure on infrastructure. Plans for a new school to cater for the hundreds of extra children were shelved in 2011, leading to outrage among parents in the community.

Aberdeenshire Council’s announced that the school was back on track in 2013, and consultations have been taking place with the wider community while plans are drawn up.

The local authority have said that they hope to have the building ready for use by August 2016.

The plans can be viewed on Aberdeenshire Council’s website, where members of the public can leave comments.