WORK on the new multi-million pound Arthurlie Family Centre has been completed.

Built on the site of the former Auchenback Primary, in Barrhead, the £5.3 million facility will offer 120 morning and 120 afternoon places for children aged between three and five.

A further 50 part-time places for children aged from birth to three years will also be made available to provide a community space for families.

Ten months of construction work at the new family centre came to an end last week.

And local residents now have the chance to tour the building before it officially opens for the first time on Monday, November 27.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, East Renfrewshire’s education and equalities convener, is confident the Arthurlie Family Centre will prove to be a valuable addition to the town.

He told the Barrhead News: “I am absolutely delighted that this state-of-the-art facility has now been completed, as it will offer fantastic benefits to so many families from right across the area.

“It is at the heart of the Auchenback community and will allow integrated working between education and health staff to support children and families from an early age.

“This integrated approach will provide a host of benefits to children’s development in this important phase of their learning journey.

“As part of the council’s long-term strategy for early years, we have long had an ambition to utilise this site for educating the next generations of our community and it’s fabulous to now see this coming to fruition.”

Cllr O’Kane added: “The development of Arthurlie Family Centre is part of a wider multi-million pound investment in the council’s school estate to improve services for our youngest residents and communities and shows our absolute commitment to providing the best facilities possible in East Renfrewshire.”