Cruden Building lends helping hand to local school

Cruden Building and King's Oak Primary

Cruden Building, part of the Cruden Group and one of Scotland’s longest established construction businesses, has lent a helping hand to local school, King’s Oak Primary in Inverclyde, by transforming their outdoor play areas and building several new pieces of equipment for pupils to enjoy. The school is close to Cruden’s 137 unit affordable housing development being constructed at James Watt Dock in Greenock on behalf of River Clyde Homes.

The Community Benefits Team at Cruden worked closely with the teachers and staff to fully establish the exact needs of the school and from this donated materials and built a new and engaging outdoor classroom with log tables and seats to boost the schools outdoor learning space for the children and to improve their shared playground space. The team also removed overgrown shrubs from the school’s planter area and replaced it with new top soil to allow the children to enjoy learning about gardening and sustainability and erected a new fence and gates around the perimeter of the outdoor games area.

Caroline McCahill, senior family worker from King’s Oak Primary said: “Thanks to the invaluable support of Cruden Building and River Clyde Homes, our outdoor play area is more secure, and many areas of our playground have been greatly improved. This includes the addition of an outdoor learning space and the revamp of our green space. This has been ideal for our children to safely enjoy playing and learning outdoors and has transformed our school grounds.”

Gordon Lee, Director at Cruden Building said: “We take real pride in supporting the local communities that we are working in and seeing the difference that it makes first-hand. We’re pleased to offer support to staff and children at King’s Oak Primary and hope they enjoy the new facilities for years to come.”

Elaine Cannon, Service Improvement Manager at River Clyde Homes, said: “River Clyde Homes is delighted with the works our house builder, Cruden Building, has carried out at King’s Oak over the summer as part of the community benefits scheme within their contract.

“It has made a real difference to the playground area for the pupils and staff. We hope the school reap the benefits from the improvements and get lots of enjoyment from the outdoor classroom!”

The James Watt Dock development is just one of River Clyde Homes’ ambitious plans to build over 500 new homes in a five-year period since 2017. The final major development, again being undertaken by Cruden Building, is at St Stephen’s in Port Glasgow, due for completion in summer 2022.

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