Council Takes Possession of New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday October 10 2017

AHS handover with staff – “Key staff who have been involved with the construction of the new Anderson High School and Halls of Residence attended the handover.”

Shetland Islands Council is delighted to announce that it has now taken possession of the new Anderson High School and Halls of Residence.

Mark Boden, Chief Executive:

“This is a landmark day for Shetland.

“The Council has realised the aspiration of many years and delivered a state of the art modern school. 

“It will provide an ideal learning environment for Shetland’s children, and give school staff the best possible opportunity to deliver first class education.

“This has been the Council’s biggest building project, with the construction contract costing £55.75 million.

“I want to pay tribute to the many organisations and hundreds of individuals who have contributed to the project; every single person’s contribution was vital and is appreciated.

“They should all be proud of what they have achieved, not least delivering such a large and complex project for the people of Shetland. 

“I want to express my personal thanks to Helen Budge, Director of Children’s Services, who led the project for the Council.  She and her team have done a fantastic job.

“The new Anderson High School is a monument to the vision and determination of the councillors who made it happen.”

SIC Convener, Councillor Malcolm Bell:

“The Council would like particularly to thank the Scottish Government and Deputy First Minister John Swinney for their support to the project, including their vital contribution of £42 million towards the school and halls of residence.” 

The Council now looks forward to the first pupils arriving at the new school and halls of residence after the October break and the start of a bright new future for secondary education in Shetland. 

Open days are also being planned to give all the residents of Shetland an opportunity to see their new school.



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