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Building firm scores with pupils

A BIG-hearted building firm has given new football strips to a West Lothian School.

Ogilvie Construction carried out the second phase of the £1.8 million revamp of Bankton Primary School in Livingston.

The firm was so impressed with the school and its pupils – who wrote 300 thank you letters to company bosses – they decided to provide new soccer kit for the youngsters.

Managing director Phil McEwan handed over the new strips at a presentation on Monday.

He said: “The school’s looking great and we were really touched to get thank you letters from pupils. We thought it would be nice to donate football strips to the school. The children have a fantastic looking school – and now they have brand new kit to play in as well.”

Ogilvie carried out major reconstruction and maintenance works at the school, including converting smaller, open-place class spaces into larger, more regular-sized classrooms. A new kitchen, windows, ceilings and IT works were also carried out.

Said Mr McEwan: “Most of the work in phase two was carried out in the summer holidays and we managed halve the expected project time to minimise the inconvenience to pupils and teachers.”

The second phase was delivered by Ogilvie for client West Lothian Council at a cost of nearly £650,000. The earlier phase extended the school, providing a new gym and assembly hall.

Bankton head teacher Marlyn Taylor said: “On behalf of the school I’d like to thank Ogilivie Contruction for this generous donation. We are delighted with the work Ogilvie did at the school, carrying out a good job without any disruption.”

Ogilvie Construction, part of the Ogilvie Group, is one of the leading building firms in Scotland. The privately-owned business has its head office in Stirling, employs more than 400 people and has an annual turnover of around £100 million. It works throughout Scotland and the North of England. Find out more at

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact
– Adrian Mahoney, PR Consultant for Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
– Sue Bowman, Business Development Director, Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01786 812273