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    February 2014 Stakeholders Newsletter for latest updates at http://www.highland.gov.uk/NR/rdonly...ewsletter6.pdf

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    Where can you see a detailed design and visualisation of the swimming pool?

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    Default Newsletter 7 April 2014

    The Wick Project
    Newsletter 7 – April 2014

    The Wick Schools Project
    The Wick Schools Project includes the Wick Campus (incorporating the ‘South of the River’ Primary School, High School and East Caithness Community Facilities) on the Wick High/Pulteneytown Academy Primary School site, and the new ‘North of the River’ Primary School to be built on the current North Primary School site.

    This Newsletter brings everybody up to date with progress on the whole project in Wick.

    On the Web
    This newsletter, together with newsletters 1 to 6, minutes of Stakeholder Meetings, together with plans of the new facilities are available at http://www.highland.gov.uk/learningh...ck+Project.htm

    The Wick Campus
    Newsletter 6 had dates for Stage 2 submission, and Financial Close in March 2014.
    These have not yet happened, mainly due to significant work required by Hub/Miller Construction to clarify the submitted tenders.
    Hub have indicated that tender costs will be shared with the Council early this month, with the Stage 2 submission following discussions between Hub and Council.

    To ensure that the projected Handover Date (before Easter 2016) is maintained, the Council and Hub have already engaged in discussions regarding Early Works Contracts to allow work to start on site. (This process has already been used on the new Primary School site in the North of the River).
    These contracts would include site set up, and ground works to level the site ready for building, and would last up to 8 to 10 weeks.

    Project Dates
    • Handover Date – before Easter 2016
    • Move in period – before and during Easter 2016
    • Completion of external works – August 2016

    Wick North of the River Primary SchoolProgress
    An Enabling Works package started in February as planned. This package consisted of site set up, a new temporary playground, hoarding and drain diversion works.

    The old janitor’s house, and the wooden building adjacent is being used by Hub/Millers as site offices, and are currently being renovated.
    The new temporary playground below is now complete, and pupils are now using it. (The weather looks good too!)
    Photo in the Pdf version at http://www.highland.gov.uk/NR/rdonly...ewsletter7.pdf

    Hoarding separating the construction site from the North Primary School is almost complete.
    The drain diversion works are due to take place over the Easter holidays.


    A further Enabling Works contract for groundworks is currently being discussed between Hub and the Council.

    Project Dates
    • School handover – 10/07/15
    • Completion of all external works – 26/02/16

    Safer Routes to School
    ECS and TECS have met to discuss the proposals, and the outcome of these discussions will be provided at the next Stakeholder Meeting.

    Stakeholder Meeting
    The next Stakeholder Meeting takes place on Monday 19th May at 7pm in Wick High School.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skerries View Post
    Where can you see a detailed design and visualisation of the swimming pool?
    All the drawings and plans tha tare currently available can be found at http://www.highland.gov.uk/learningh...+and+Plans.htm

    I am not aware that detailed drawings of the swimming pool have been released online as yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Fernie View Post
    All the drawings and plans tha tare currently available can be found at http://www.highland.gov.uk/learningh...+and+Plans.htm

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    The Highland Council launched their new web site a few days ago so it is possible they have moved the sections to new URL's. I will have to research that to find them when I have time.

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    Default New Wick School North of the River

    The new page for the North of the river school is at http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/893/...gs_programme/6

    The new page for the Wick schools campus is at http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/893/...gs_programme/5

    A link to the plans etc is on those pages.

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    Names announced for new Wick primary schools

    The names for two new primary schools being built under Highland Council’s modern school buildings programme were announced today in Wick by Caithness Civic Leader, Councillor Gail Ross.

    Newton Park Primary School – is the new name for the new Highland Council primary school on the Wick joint campus, replacing Pulteneytown and South primary schools.

    Noss Primary School was also announced today as the name of the new North of the River Primary School in Wick which will replace North and Hillhead Primary Schools.

    Pupils, teachers, support staff and parents from South School and Pulteneytown Academy Primary joined Caithness Civic Leader, Councillor Gail Ross as she declared the name of Newton Park Primary School.

    Around 80 primary 1 - 7 pupils walked from South School along the recommended route to the site of the new school at the rear of Pulteneytown Academy Primary to join the 254 Academy primary and nursery pupils to hear Councillor Ross declare the new school name. The school name was voted as the most popular choice in a ballot held from 30 May to 6 June. Ballot papers were counted on 9 June.

    At the new joint campus site Councillor Ross said: “I am delighted to announce the results of the ballot and the new school name as Newton Park Primary School.

    Councillor Ross today also declared the name of the new school north of the River Wick she said: “I am also pleased to announce the name of the new school which will combine North and Hillhead Primaries as Noss Primary School.

    She said: “With shared identities for our two new schools we can now look forward to seeing the plans for our modern education in Wick become reality.”
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    The Wick Project
    Newsletter 8 – July 2014

    The Wick Schools Project
    The Wick Schools Project includes the Wick Campus (incorporating the Newton Park Primary School, High School and East Caithness Community Facilities) on the Wick High/Pulteneytown Academy Primary School site, and the new Noss Primary School to be built on the current North Primary School site.
    Please note the recently announced names of the new Primary schools.

    On the Web
    NOTE - the Council’s website has been revised, so the previous link is no longer available. The new link is http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/893/...ings_programme . A menu on the left hand side of this page allows you to select which project you require.

    The Wick Campus
    It was reported in the last Newsletter that Hubco were due to provide the results of the Tender Exercise to Council in April. The result of this exercise showed that costs were significantly above what was expected. The increased costs are due to the market being ‘buoyant’, and transport, accommodation and subsistence, due to Wick’s location.

    During May and June, the Council, Hubco and Millers, and the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) have been in discussion on a resolution to this issue.

    A report was submitted to The Highland Council on Thursday 26th June outlining a solution - namely that additional funding would be applied to the Wick Campus project from two sources – for the High School/Swimming Pool - the Scottish Government/SFT would provide an additional 12% funding, with the Council providing an additional sum
    to reflect the increased costs indicated above.

    In addition, approval was sought to enter an Early Works contract with Hub, so that work can begin during the school holidays before the main contract and Financial Close is completed.

    The Council approved the report unanimously.

    There is still much negotiation to be completed, but we are now in a much better position to get to contract close.

    Project Date
    The Campus opening date remains the start of session 2016.

    Noss Primary School

    Progress
    An Early Works package was signed between the Council and Hubco in April. The contractors have started the new build, taking over the playing fields, stripping the site, and setting out the foundations. See photos at http://www.caithness.org/atoz/wick/p...y=106&start=48

    Work is progressing well.

    The same issues regarding tender costs in the Campus also applied to this contract. The report to Council also requested additional funding by the Council to address these issues. This was again was approved unanimously.

    The main contract between Council and Hubco is due to be signed by 4th July 2014.

    Work on the new school will therefore continue without a break.

    Project Dates

    Due to the tender issues, the handover date for the new school has been delayed by 2 weeks to 24th July 2015. This will allow the Council to complete the set
    up for the new school by 17th August, when Staff are due to return from the summer holidays.

    Stakeholder Meeting
    The next Stakeholder Meeting takes place on Monday 25th August at 7pm in Wick High School.
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    A couple of quick questions , theres a gymnasium being built , will this be open to the general public ? will the highland council actually supply machinery that actually works ? unlike the current gym in lower pulteneytown where we the users are consistently fobbed off by those in power.

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    Nicola Sturgeon at the new Wick High turf cutting http://www.caithness-business.co.uk/article.php?id=5131

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyser_soze View Post
    A couple of quick questions , theres a gymnasium being built , will this be open to the general public ? will the highland council actually supply machinery that actually works ? unlike the current gym in lower pulteneytown where we the users are consistently fobbed off by those in power.
    Have you contacted High Life Highland who run the facilities now under a contract from the council - http://highlifehighland.com/
    If so what response did you get. This was brought up at the schools Stakeholder group and I understood it was being looked at as all the equipment is on a lease arrangement and should be fixed under the leasing arrangements. Did this happen? Are there still problems? If so let me know what the problems are currently for you by email me at bill.fernie.cllr@highland.gov.uk

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    Stakeholder Group minutes can be found at http://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads..._group_minutes

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    Financial close for Wick Campus puts project full steam ahead

    See http://caithness-business.co.uk/article.php?id=5584

    Progress Photo Gallery - http://www.caithness.org/atoz/wick/p...y=107&start=24

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    The latest Stakeholder minutes for October 2015 are now available at http://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/download/89/new_schools_proposed_for_wick-stakeholder_group_minutes

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    lso there the latest actions notes.

    Photo of the site can be seen at http://www.caithness.org/atoz/wick/p...ry=107&start=0

    A link to the photos can be found on the main Caithness.org front page in the left hand column.
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    The next stakeholders meeting has been changed from Monday 2nd, to Monday 23rd February 2015 due to availability of project team members.

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    Hi Bill, Yes I contacted those in power, mr Durrand & his superior ., The gym was supplied with brand new equipment after that rant so I have to say thank you to the highland council on that point.

    But back to the original point, theres a new state of the art school being built, the gym equipment will be good as well BUT theres still not going to be a sauna !!?? Why ?? if wee p[laces like Golspie can have a jaccuzi , steam room & sauna , why the heck cant Wick ?? The population is 4 times that of Golspie so WHY ??

    Why do we have to go 20 miles to get A a steam room or B a sauna ?? this is 2015 & this is the chance to put things right, instead of treating Wickers like 4th class citizens, we need to get these modern day comodoties in our town

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyser_soze View Post
    Hi Bill, Yes I contacted those in power, mr Durrand & his superior ., The gym was supplied with brand new equipment after that rant so I have to say thank you to the highland council on that point.

    But back to the original point, theres a new state of the art school being built, the gym equipment will be good as well BUT theres still not going to be a sauna !!?? Why ?? if wee p[laces like Golspie can have a jaccuzi , steam room & sauna , why the heck cant Wick ?? The population is 4 times that of Golspie so WHY ??

    Why do we have to go 20 miles to get A a steam room or B a sauna ?? this is 2015 & this is the chance to put things right, instead of treating Wickers like 4th class citizens, we need to get these modern day comodoties in our town
    Assume you presented your expectations at all the public consulation and planning stages KS cant find anything on the HC planning website of such.
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    Excuse me ? A brand new gym with out a sauna ? that would get you laughed out of anywhere else`s public consultations.

    No , I wasnt at any public consultation , I had no idea these meetings were taking place, sorry but is that a crime ?

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