Time: 10:45 - 11:45

Date: Day 1


Inverurie Community Campus

Speakers: Maxine Booth & Mark Mitchell

Inverurie Community Campus Opens in August 2020, as part of the Schools for Future Funding. The buiding provides the community with fully inclusive Community Campus, comprising 1600 secondary pupil places, St Andrews Special School accommodation for 70 pupils, swimming pool, dry sports facilities, community spaces throughout and houses NHS colleagues.

The brief for this campus ensured fully integrated services supported by a detailed access strategy. This is key to the users having approprite access to all required facilites whilst ensuring health and safety for all.

The design and digital infrastructure allows for innovative approaches to space enabling flexible teaching approaches and shared community facilties.

The presentation will show case the building through video this will include interviews with key officers from all aspects of the build. Pupils and staff will be part of this presentation to discuss their experiences and evaulate the campus, its benefits and impact upon the community.

Repurposing old spaces to create community

Speakers: Douglas Hutchison

Newton Primary School serves part of South Ayrshire with the highest levels of deprivation.  The school is a 1970s building with open plan classrooms.  Built for around 300 pupils it currently houses around 150.  One of the problems in the local area is developing a sense of community.  The housing in the area has a very high turnover level and there is no obvious place for community groups to meet.  South Ayrshire Council wants to establish schools as hubs of the community, especially in areas of highest deprivation.  Funding was set aside to deliver on this ambition and at a cost of around £107k, two classrooms were repurposed and set up as community rooms with external direct access.  The design was carried out by the Council’s in-house architect and the contract awarded to a local company, Westgale Ltd.  The work completed within 6 weeks in August 2020 and already the rooms are becoming a hub for service delivery in the area.  The alcohol and drug partnership deliver services along with community link practitioners from two local GP surgeries.  Community Learning and Development are based in the space as are Voluntary Action South Ayrshire.  The community nurse has used the space to do a catch up flu immunisation for children in the area.  Mental health issues are also being tackled from the space through services such as Adaction.  Scottish Fire and Rescue are also basing themselves there to distribute fire retardant bedding in conjunction with the school’s foodbank service.  In a very short space of time, with all the Covid restrictions in place, services are already using the space to make a difference.  The next steps will be to engage local community activists more directly and grow a sense of community.  A small investment to repurpose old space is making a difference where it matters.



  • Maxine Booth Quality Improvement Manager - Aberdeenshire Council
  • Douglas Hutchison Depute Chief Executive and Director – People - South Ayrshire Council
  • Mark Mitchell Estates Programme Manager - Aberdeenshire Council


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