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By Fiona Reid
£100m school plans to be revealed to public

DESIGNS for sections of a £100 million project transforming school buildings in Dumfries are set to be unveiled.

Dumfries Learning Town is an ambitious two-part project which includes the construction of five new primary and secondary schools, the redevelopment of four others and a new-build learning hub and sports centre.
Education committee chairman Councillor Jeff Leaver said: “Providing the best start in life for all our children is a priority for our council.
“Dumfries Learning Town is an exciting project that will deliver long-term sustainable education facilities.”
With designs now set to be previewed, Councillor Leaver added: “Following extensive preparatory work carried out by the project team, the public and other stakeholders will now be able to see the potential designs that have been developed.
“I urge as many people as possible to come along to the events to see the progress being made.”
Last month saw Graham Construction, one of Northern Ireland’s largest construction firms, being selected as the main contractor for the project.
Phase one comprises a new build learning hub, a new build North West Campus including Maxwelltown High School, Lochside Primary and St Ninian’s Primary, and redevelopment of St Joseph’s College.
Phase two consists of a new build North East Campus including Dumfries High School and Noblehill Primary and the David Keswick Centre, redevelopment of Dumfries Academy into a Central Campus including Loreburn Primary, and a new build Laurieknowe Primary.
Graham Construction are already leading the start of work on phase one, while ‘significant’ investigation and survey work has now been carried out at all phase two sites to ascertain the condition of the existing buildings and sites.
Analysis of this information has informed the design options for the phase two projects.
The Dumfries Learning Town project team will be previewing designs at a series of engagement events for the public, users and stakeholders in the coming week.

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