Coatbridge new school construction schedule with slide set in sloping playground


Young people from two Coatbridge schools are expected to move into their long-awaited new classrooms in two years.

Planning permission was granted last week for a community campus on Paddock Street to replace the existing primary in Carnbroe and Sikeside – and the North Lanarkshire Council has now confirmed: “Both schools will move into the new construction in 2023.”

Its proposed opening will come nearly a full decade after the announcement of the schools merger; with steadily increasing student numbers due to the construction of large housing units in the area resulting in plans being altered from an original common campus plan.



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Now, current students from Sikeside and Carnbroe will be invited to suggest a name for the new 584-seat school and nursery, and help choose its uniform and colors.

A spokesperson for local authorities told Lanarkshire Live: “As part of the transition to the new school, from the second quarter of this year both schools will learn more about the area and the history.

“This will start the process for each child involved in choosing the name of the school, the design of the uniform and even its colors.

“Each child will have the opportunity to come up with a name for the new school and each class will vote for their favorite to create a list of potential names.

“School and nursery staff will also choose a name for the list, which will be shortlisted to around five by parent councils and the North Lanarkshire Council – and at this point the entire school community will vote for the new name. “

The planning committee advisers unanimously approved the plans for the new school – which includes a ‘wedge-shaped’ indoor housing activity and e-learning spaces, an all-weather sports field, a boardwalk. in the woods and even a slide installed in the sloping playground.

The site, near North Calder Water, will also house a replacement for the nearby Calder Community Center; while new puffin crossings, trails and a part-time 20mph speed limit on the area’s main road near campus will all be put in place.

North Lanarkshire Education Officer Frank McNally said: “This is a fantastic development which will provide a new center for the children and communities of Carnbroe and Sikeside.



A planning app image of the proposed new Carnbroe / Sikeside primary school
A planning app image of the proposed new Carnbroe / Sikeside primary school

“Exciting learning and teaching spaces and additional areas will be provided, enhancing the offer for students and local communities through a state-of-the-art 21st century community center.

“Children and youth, staff, parents and community partners play an important role in shaping the design of the campus, to ensure that it reflects everyone’s educational aspirations and takes into account their needs. “

Plans to merge Carnbroe and Sikeside were first announced in February 2014, to facilitate move into a modernized building; and were approved seven months later.

The Coatbridge campus proposals – also involving St Stephen’s Elementary School – were part of the same project that led to the merger of Airdrie Dunrobin and Petersburn schools into the new Hilltop Elementary School, which opened in May 2019; and the construction of the joint St Edward’s and Tollbrae site, which welcomed its first students two years ago.

Design work had started in 2015 on a joint campus planned for both the newly merged school and St Stephen’s; but plans changed in November 2017 to create two stand-alone schools after their combined number hit 926, “larger than the number of students attending more than half of North Lanarkshire’s secondary schools”.

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Isabel M. Bourgeois

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