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Dumfries Learning Town proposals take shape

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June 23 2015

Dumfries Learning Town proposals take shape
Plans to deliver eleven new schools within Dumfries have taken a step forward with the local authority unveiling early stage designs for the £100m project, following an options appraisal carried out by Haa Design.

Phase one of the plan is expected to begin next year and will see a new learning hub built for use by every school in Dumfies. This will be joined by a refurbished St Joseph’s College as well as a new North West Campus – an amalgamation of Maxwelltown High, Lochside Primary, St Ninian's Primary, and Langlands as well as a range of community facilities.

This is due to complete in 2018 whereupon work will begin on a second tranche of projects; including a redevelopment of Dumfries Academy and Laurieknowe Primary in addition to a North East Campus combining Dumfries High, Noble Hill Primary and a new David Keswick Centre.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the education committee, said: "Dumfries Learning Town is an exciting project that will deliver long-term sustainable education facilities.

“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.”

hub South West is assisting Dumfries and Galloway Council in the early stages of consultation and business case development and Graham Construction has been appointed as contractor.

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