Cruden donation to transform school playground as part of GHA development

Construction company Cruden Building has donated £1,250 to Ibrox Primary and Nursery School to create an outdoor learning space for the children and to improve their shared playground space.

The school is on the doorstep of 152 new affordable homes being built at Hinshelwood Drive in Ibrox by Cruden for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), part of Wheatley Group.

The donation, which will allow the children to get closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors, comes as part of the Community Benefits clause that Wheatley asks of its contractors.

The clause ensures that developments have a positive impact in the local area by creating jobs and training opportunities and improving the lives of people in the area.

Ibrox Primary has no grass outside and only concrete for the children to play on. Thanks to Cruden’s donation, the playground will be transformed into an amazing learning space where pupils can learn outdoors and engage with nature.

Phase one of the project has already been completed, thanks to help from donations and school fundraising activities.

Together with the cheque presentation, Cruden Building will also supply spare building materials to further enhance the outdoor learning experience. The school and nursery also plans to use the donation to fund the building of a mud kitchen and install picnic benches and other seating for the children to use these for eating lunch outside in the good weather.

Wheatley Group’s Community Benefits clause has also created two new jobs and three new apprenticeship places on the Hinshelwood Drive site.

Fiona Young, head teacher at Ibrox Primary and Nursery, said: “We had made great progress with this outdoor project but thanks to the fantastic support of Cruden Building, we can fully realise the dream of this large outdoor play area for pupils to safely enjoy, play and learn in.

Gordon Lee of Cruden Building said: “At Cruden Building, we are committed to supporting good causes in the local areas that we work in. We’re delighted to support this school project in partnership with the GHA and we hope the children have many years of fun and learning outdoors in this new play area.”

GHA managing director Jennifer Russell said: “We are all looking forward to seeing the children – and the planters – flourish.

“Our 152 new affordable homes at Ibrox are really taking shape and we’re looking forward to the first tenants moving in.

“We are very keen our contractors in all our developments provide benefits for local people and this school planters project is a great example. We hope the children will enjoy it for many years to come.”