The opening of North Ayrshire Council's new Marress House Early Years Centre in Irvine has been delayed - again.

The council revealed today that they were "unable to accept handover of the building from the contractor due to a number of outstanding defects".

The authority says "extensive remediation works" will be required to fix the problems with the building.

The council also revealed that the opening of Kilbirnie's new Moorpark Primary School has also been delayed - because interior work had yet to be completed.

The school was set to open later this month, but in a statement today, the council said the contractor had yet to finish work within internal areas of the  building

The council said: "The Marress House Early Years Centre was due to open in August 2023.

"Prior to the expected date of the opening of the facility, the council was unable to accept handover of the building from the contractor due to a number of outstanding defects.

"Further investigation of these items has confirmed that extensive remediation works are required.

"Children registered for the new Marress House Early Years Centre are currently attending alternative provision as identified by their parents.

"This arrangement will be reviewed on an individual basis. North Ayrshire Council's early years team will be contacting families as soon as possible to discuss available options."

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “Like parents and pupils, we are deeply disappointed by this news.

“The delays at both sites have been caused by factors outwith our control, but we remain in discussions with the contractor regarding completion of the outstanding works required.

“Parents should be reassured that we are working tirelessly to ensure that both buildings provide a safe and fitting environment for teaching and learning and reflect the quality of accommodation that our young people and staff deserve.”

The council is now awaiting revised construction programmes from the contractors which will establish the precise extent of the delays, andwill keep parents and carers fully up to date with any developments.

Irvine Times: The council team at the new Moorpark PrimaryThe council team at the new Moorpark Primary (Image: NAC)

On the Moorpark Primary delays, the council said: "The new Moorpark Primary School was due to open later this month.

"While the exterior of the new school is largely complete, work is delayed within the internal areas and the contractor has advised of an expected delay to the completion date.

"They are working to finalise an updated programme to complete the development and this will be shared with parents, carers and staff as soon as available.

"In the meantime, education provision will continue in the existing Moorpark Primary School until the new building is ready.""

When complete, the new Moorpark Primary – which sits adjacent to the existing school – will have 12 primary classes and a 24-place Early Years facility.