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A photo taken by myself in April 2012. Pictured is the demolition of the former Calder House Social Work facility in Bardykes Road (formerly called the Calder Remand School). The social work facility was originally built at this site in 1968 , close to Wilkies Farm. At the time of construction it was only given 25 years of lifespan. The building actually stood for 44 years and was well past its sell by date, in need of full renovation, costing as much as the rebuild. The building was demolished in April 2012.
Today, a modern school is on the site which at £4m educates for children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs
(SEBN). Construction work started in August 2012 and the building was up and largely completed by Spring 2013. Up to 60 secondary aged pupils from all across South Lanarkshire attend. The new SEBN school was initially proposed for land adjacent to St Blanes, but this did not come to be. South Lanarkshire Council had to review their original proposals following objections from residents and parents of the additional needs pupils. Instead the new school, still sits on land that has a long history of dealing with children. Right next door to the Bardykes Road site is one of the best children’s homes in South Lanarkshire. The new school is something that ended up being appealing to the eye rather than an eyesore that was there for many years before.
Within the SEBN new school, there are six general classrooms includes special science, home economics, hair and beauty, IT, technical craft and multi-purpose classrooms as well as a dining room and changing and shower facilities. A separate ‘cottage’ provision which offers more intensive support is also located on site. A fitness suite and a floodlit third generation all-weather five-a-side pitch was built on the site and there is adequate vehicle and pedestrian access available from Bardykes Road.