The Queen visits Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld

Staff and pupils today welcomed Her Majesty the Queen to Greenfaulds High School, a centre for Gaelic education in North Lanarkshire and a hub South West project developed by Equitix Fund IV.

Hub South West Scotland is a public – private partnership that enables the cost-efficient design and construction of community infrastructure within Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.  The new school building was delivered as a result of this partnership on the site of the old Greenfaulds School and opened to the public in September 2016. The total cost of the project, including an all-weather eight-lane athletics track and state-of-the-art sporting facilities was an estimated £31.2 million.

Her Majesty visited the school at the start of a week of engagements in Scotland. Pupils Hannah Russell, 14, and Breagha Miller, 15, greeted her in Gaelic and then translated the message as she entered the building. During her stay, the Queen  presented awards to pupils and watched a performance by North Lanarkshire Schools' Pipe Band.

Geoff Jackson, Chief Executive Officer at Equitix, said “Equitix is extremely proud of its contribution to the development of schools in North Lanarkshire and delighted that Her Majesty chose to visit Greenfaulds High School. We are committed to investing for the long-term in projects like the Greenfaulds which benefit the local communities and help us to continue to offer our investors predictable yields through stable, long-term cash flows.”

Linda Park, Head Teacher of Greenfaulds High School, said “It is fantastic to see pupils now in the modern new school. It makes them feel valued and grown-up. It’s nice to hear the pupils’ positive reactions as it’s no less than they deserve. We now have multi-functional rooms that allow us to timetable quite innovatively and a feel-good factor in the social area that we didn’t have before. There is so much space here now. It’s great to see all ages mix within this area.”