Irvine's new primary school in Montgomerie Park finally has a name and it's...wait for it... Montgomerie Park Primary.

Following a consultation, North Ayrshire Council 's cabinet unanimously agreed to the new school's name.

Montgomerie Park was the expected choice - and by far the most popular one with the public.

The other two names on the shortlist were Eglinton Primary, given its location near the country park, and Belvidere Primary, after the nearby hill.

The new £14 million school is set to open in August and will accommodate 342 pupils, plus an early learning and childcare facility with 32 places for those aged three-five and 15 places for two-year-olds.

Council leader Marie Burns told the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday: "As you know, this school is in my ward and it is really good to see it progressing.

"It is also good to see the recommendation from people being Montgomerie Park because the feedback I have had from my constituents is that's certainly been the preferred option."

Irvine Times: An architect\'s design of the new Montgomerie Park Primary School

Councillor Burns proposed the school should be named Montgomerie Park and there were no objections from the rest of the cabinet's members.

The name Montgomerie Park had already been used in architectural plans and building contracts for the school, but this week's decision makes it final.

A report to the cabinet said: "On April 27, 2021, cabinet approved the establishment of a new non-denominational primary school at Montgomerie Park, Irvine.

"The new school was scheduled to open in August 2023, however, due to the impact on the construction industry post-Covid, the opening date was revised to August 2024.

"Currently, the project is on track to be completed on time and is being closely monitored for any potential delays."

The design of the school has been influenced by several "key drivers", including light, openness, ambience and flexible spaces.

A design statement submitted with the plans said: "The landscape proposal aims to provide high quality exterior spaces to encourage outdoor learning, play, socialising and gathering for all ages.

"In addition the landscape and site master-plan aims to encourage activity and sports, as well as active travel to and from the campus.

"A sports pitch has been provided to encourage activity within the landscape, to be enjoyed by all students within the campus."

A mix of sensory planting is also planned, with edible and fragrant plants such as alpine strawberries, rosemary and chives included "to be engaging for outdoor learning and teaching".