Dunlop Primary School extension by William Skinner and Son opened

From: Fame Publicity Services
Published: Sun Sep 28 2008

EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning Councillor Iain Linton has unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of a new extension at Dunlop Primary School and Nursery Class.

The work on the new extension was carried out by Ayrshire and Cambridgeshire-based building contractors William Skinner & Son from the company headquarters at St Quivox on the perimeter of Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

The new extension houses Primaries 1 and 2, and the nursery class and each classroom has its own toilet facilities. The nursery classroom opens onto a soft play area which is secured by railings and a gate and gives access to an external storage area. A ramp beside the play area provides access for disabled users. The extension replaces the hutted accommodation that used to occupy part of the playground.

The staff, children and parents are all delighted with the new accommodation and with the new opportunities it provides.

Councillor Linton said: "This extension is in all senses an enhancement of the facilities here. I have to compliment all of those involved in designing and building this extension on the way they have managed to provide something that fits so well both with the original school buildings and the surrounding area. The extension has been imaginatively designed, with much thought being given to the details, and above all, to ensure that the children have the best possible learning environment."

East Ayrshire Council Provost Stephanie Young added: "I would like to offer all of the staff and pupils of Dunlop Primary School and Nursery Class every good wish for the future and the use of this tremendous facility which has been so well integrated into the landscape of the school and which will provide excellent opportunities for current and future pupils of the school and nursery class."

Sandy Cunningham is managing director of building contractors William Skinner & Son. He said: "All of us at William Skinner & Son are delighted and proud to have carried out what will be the first of many contracts for East Ayrshire Council, and to have played a part in providing an improved environment for learning for schoolchildren present and future."

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Building contractors William Skinner & Son’s Ayrshire and Cambridgeshire bases cover Scotland and Eastern England with activities including building maintenance with 24-hour helpdesk, retail refurbishment and construction, painting, joinery manufacture, metal fabrication, terrazzo tiling, shopfitting, Sika Trocal and Ward Topdeck roofing, and solar hot water installation.

William Skinner & Son have recently diversified into tree houses with contracts from leading hotel and conference centre group De Vere Venues.

They have also made a successful entrance into the solar heating market, attracting a large number of new clients throughout the UK, and have demonstrated their commitment to the wider field of renewable energy by installing a 6kW Proven wind turbine at their HQ in St. Quivox and including PV panels in the design for their proposed office extension.

The aim now is to offer general advice on the suitability of any of the available renewable energy techniques, or any mix of them, to solve individual energy supply problems, and they are developing a consortium of available local expertise to help them develop that.

Founded in 1964, Skinners made their first move down south into England five years ago, renting a site and offices in Saffron Walden in Essex from which to carry out the substantial amount of refurbishment work they were then doing for supermarket giant Tesco.

But the company’s recent expansion and diversification into new areas of business including renewable energy and tree houses has made necessary the purchase of their own larger facilities comprising an 8,000 sq ft yard, 1,900 sq ft of office space, and a 1,620 sq ft warehouse.

The new premises in Meldreth, near Cambridge, were officially opened recently by Andrew Lansley, MP for South Cambridgeshire.

William Skinner & Son managing director Sandy Cunningham said: "Our commitment at Cambridge is a measure of the importance to us of the market in London, the South East, Midlands and East Anglia.

"The Meldreth base provides high quality warehouse, workshop and office accommodation from which we can develop and control our market penetration. It has capacity for expansion to support several times its present level of activity."

Managing director Sandy Cunningham concluded: "William Skinner & Son is now expanding satisfactorily on all fronts from our headquarters in Ayrshire and our new base in south-east England. We are traditional building contractors who have developed a diverse range of untraditional new skills, and we want potential clients in England and in Scotland to be aware of the comprehensive building skills and experience that we offer."


Building contractors William Skinner & Son are members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association formed last year of some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse and the Western House Hotel, and member company activities include building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

Clydesdale Bank
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
William Skinner & Son Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

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