Meiklemill Primary in line for refurbishment

MEIKLEMILL Primary School is set to benefit from new windows and doors after a decision was taken taken earlier this week at Formartine Area committee to refurbish the school.

Local members examined proposals for the £161,000 improvements to the school building at Tuesday’s Area Committee meeting, approving the measures unanimously.

Work at the school is expected to start around April 30, and is anticipated to continue until around July 27. KW Contractors won the contract, after submitting the lowest bid for the work at £148,585.

The refurbishment has been made necessary because a significant number of the existing double glazed timber framed windows have failed, with the timber being deemed to be beyond economic repair. They are set to be replaced with brand new timber framed windows, finished off with an aluminium cladding, which it is hoped will extend the lifespan of the windows by reducing substantially the effects of weather related deterioration and the consequent need for maintenance.

The timber external doors to the school building, which are suffering from timber rot, have also been deemed to be beyond economic repair. They are set to be replaced with timber composite doors, which like the new windows, exceed the current industry standards for thermal insulation and should further increase the thermal efficiency of the building.

The windows to the south elevation of the school are to be glazed with a special solar reflective glass. Overall, the area of glazing at the school will be reduced, with the resulting voids being filled in with new insulated cladding panels.

Speaking to the Times, Headmistress Marlene Johnston said that she was delighted that the refurbishment work would be getting underway.

“We’re absolutely delighted about the refurbishment”, she said. “Everyone in school is looking forward to the installation of the new doors and windows!”