Dalbeattie Learning Campus Progress

The Leader and Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray and Rob Davidson, together with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee, Jeff Leaver and Ros Surtees, visited the site of the Dalbeattie Learning Campus to view progress on the new school and to discuss the completion of the work with Council officials and representative of Graham Construction Limited, the main contractors.

Work on the new £24 million state-of-the art campus, which will replace the town’s primary and secondary schools together with the Council nursery schools, all of which currently sit in separate buildings in the town, started on site in March 2016 with an 18 month programme.

The visiting councillors were told that the works were on schedule and completion is programmed for October this year. The current building phase will be followed by demolition of the old High School, which sits next to the new campus, then the site be will restored using a combination of soft and hard landscaping and incorporated into the new campus.

The new building has been designed to enable much greater use of the facilities by the wider Dalbeattie Community.

Councillor Leaver said: “Building the local economy and providing the best possible start in life for all our children are top priorities for our Council and we are making massive investments in schools throughout our region, We were all very impressed by the new campus. The whole building is so spacious, bright and welcoming and a huge amount of thought, including a very large input from the pupils who will soon be moving into their new school, has gone into the design of all aspects of the building. The setting is spectacular and the sports facilities and opportunities for outdoor learning are absolutely first class. I’m very envious of the young people and the staff who will be moving into this amazing facility in a few months and we are very much looking forward to paying another visit when the new school opens.”

A report on the progress of the project and a presentation were given to the CYPLL Committee on Thursday 29 June.

For full report see agenda item 6:

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