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By Marc Mclean, Local Democracy Reporter
Dumfries and West
Dumfries High architects appointed

AN award-winning global architecture firm has been appointed to lead the new build of Dumfries High School.

Ryder Architecture was awarded the contract for the new school following presentations to council officers and the school’s head teacher last month.

The company, which has offices from Glasgow and London to Hong Kong and Vancouver, impressed with their proposals to create a stunning new Dumfries High by 2025.

A report is to be tabled at Dumfries and Galloway Council’s education committee next week confirming the progress made.

The council report states: “The successful design team is Ryder Architecture Limited, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education sector and are currently working on 16 LEIP (learning estate investment programme) funded projects across Scotland.

“Ryder Architecture have commenced the series of consultation workshops, which includes extending invitations to community sports partners at the David Keswick centre.”

Meanwhile, the first newsletter on the rebuild project has been created for parents, pupils and staff.

It reads: “The schedule currently being worked towards is a completion and transfer to the new school in late 2025. This means we should start to see some plans and design concepts around the summer of 2022.

“Work on site is scheduled to commence in spring 2023.

“The really important part for pupils and parents is to note the project will operate as a tandem build.

“What does this mean? The current Dumfries High School main building will remain in operation for the duration of the construction phase.

“This method allows for minimal disruption for any pupils, with the added benefit of watching their new school develop on a daily basis.”

Pupils are being invited to play their part in the development of the new school building.

Council education chiefs are setting up an engagement team, made up of a mix of pupils, who wish to share their views on the school development

This engagement team will be involved in question and answer sessions, open discussions, and can then present findings and proposals back to their peer groups.

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