Cathkin High’s grass pitches are finally set to open later this year - five years after the rest of the school.
The new £22.3 million Cathkin High was built on the site of the old school’s grass football and rugby pitches, with the custom-built school opening its doors to pupils and staff in October 2008.
But, after endless problems over the creation of the new grass pitches, which will be used by the school’s football and rugby teams, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, with the pitches set to be ready to use come the start of the new term.
A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “All contractual works to the Cathkin pitches were completed to the council’s satisfaction on September 23, 2012. The council have, however, arranged for additional works to be carried out to further enhance the playing surfaces. The additional works require to be carried out during the grass growing season and will not commence until mid-March 2013, with the pitches becoming available for use approximately 14 weeks after this date.
“Arrangements are in place to ensure alternative sports provision is available for school pupils until additional works to the pitches are complete.”
Morgan Sindall were the main contractor for the design and build of Cathkin High School and associated sports facilities through the inspirED consortium, but the company sub-contracted the Cathkin build and associated sports facilities to Rok.
In February 2010, Rok’s attempts to hand over the pitch were knocked back by South Lanarkshire Council. The local authority say they were unhappy with the condition of the playing surface - with complaints of large stones and huge bumps . And SportScotland slammed the shoddy condition of the grass, complaining about the playing surface, top soil, drainage and levels of the pitches.
They predicted that without resolution of these items, the use of the area for sport would be limited. They suggested that the area should be a national standard grade three pitch, suitable for school, club and public use should be specified, with particular drainage requirements.
In 2011, work on the pitch was on hold after Rok went out of business.Council chiefs refused to pay for the playing fields until they were in a fit state, with lack of drainage being a real problem. Early last year, South Lanarkshire Council hoped to open the pitches in August, but this work was delayed due to the wettest June on record.