The announcement comes after hub North Scotland Limited reached financial close on the new £31.4 million (US$52.76 million) community education centre.
The project involves the design, build, finance and maintenance of the facilities for a period of 25 years after the completion of the new building. This project is being delivered by hub North Scotland Limited as part of phase 3 of the Scottish Government Scotland's Schools for the Futures Programme and has been developed in partnership with the Scottish Futures Trust.
Angus Macfarlane, Chief Executive of hub North Scotland Limited, stated:
Hub North Scotland's role is to deliver first class community facilities and we look forward to doing that in Alford. Across the north of Scotland we are beginning to see the fruits of the hub model, with development across the health, education and emergency services sectors. It is rewarding to see communities benefiting from a very strong and efficient partnership approach.
In October 2013 Miller Construction, a Tier 1 contractor for hub North Scotland Limited, had been appointed as main contractor for the project. Construction works are due to starts in coming week. The project is expected to be completed by october 2015.
The campus has been designed by Halliday Fraser Munro architects of Aberdeen and has been designed to meet the needs of future generations. It will also replace the current primary and secondary schools which are located to the east of the new site. The plans include nursery, primary and secondary education facilities with integrated public facilities, including a library, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, natural and artificial pitches and car parking.
In mid May 2014, Miller Construction had been selected as the preferred bidder to design, build, finance and maintain new educational facilities and provide services for batch 2 of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) programme in the North East of England.