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August 3 2016

Dumfries Learning Town takes a step closer to reality
Dumfries & Galloway Council has appointed Graham Construction as its delivery partner for the first three projects to go ahead as part of its Learning Town initiative.

Phase one of the project is valued at £60m and will see Holmes Miller deliver a new North West Campus, CRGP take the reins of an overhaul of St Joseph’s College and Holmes Miller are also taking the lead on a new shared facility called The Bridge.

Enabling works have already been completed at St Joseph’s College to allow work to proceed on a £23m refurbishment of the B-listed building and adjoining extension, together with construction of a new build PE block on the site of the current hall.

This extension has been conceived as a long thin structure arranged over three levels, meeting the main building by way of a new stair tower.

Completion of all three projects is expected by March 2018.
The Bridge is still subject to detailed design work
The Bridge is still subject to detailed design work
The walls of a pre-existing extension will be reclad to improve appearance and performance
The walls of a pre-existing extension will be reclad to improve appearance and performance

6 Comments

Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 3 Aug 2016 at 13:09 PM
Gid Lord. An abominashun!

Wit iz wae aw these 'architects' just plonking boxy ugliness ontae beautiful stane buildings.

Look at the stane building. Noo, look at this box. Why is it so ugly? Why? Can yez no see how inferior it is?

Why can't you lefties of the concrete lovin' fraternity on here and in the architecshural community infuse some feeling intae yer buildings? Why does everyhing huv tae be stripped ae any art, ornament an feelin? Why? Do yez hink this 'minimilism' is superior tae the stane building? Do yez hink it delights the eye and brings joy to passers by? It doesnae by the way. Wit is it yez actually get oot ae this? Do yez associate traditonal/stane/classical with By-gone days ae European imperialism or something. Is yer boxy concrete/zing roof fetish some king ae protest against this and yer manifest shame and guilt in built form?


Naw. I dinnae approve ae this.
A Local Pleb
#2 Posted by A Local Pleb on 3 Aug 2016 at 13:44 PM
Very disappointing, especially if they are a true reflection of the architects original response to the brief!
Auntie Nairn
#3 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 3 Aug 2016 at 14:02 PM
Much as I hate to agree with a fictional character, images 1 & 3 are pretty poor. Yes, the third image does state it is a re-clad of an existing extension and is probably cheap-as-chips, but still.

Could do a lot better.
FHM
#4 Posted by FHM on 3 Aug 2016 at 14:32 PM
0 Points: Nonsensical, repetitive ramblings, that make little sense whilst written in poorly constructed, "vernacular" text.

1 Point: "Concrete modernism". / "Modernist concrete ideals"

2 Points: "concrete lovin' brigade" / "lefties"
2 Points: "concrete lovin' brigade" / "lefties"

Only 5 points today Big Chantelle. Sad.
RJB
#5 Posted by RJB on 3 Aug 2016 at 17:01 PM
"The walls of a pre-existing extension will be reclad to improve appearance" really ? Cheap and quick I would understood
Terra
#6 Posted by Terra on 3 Aug 2016 at 17:41 PM
Thought my eyes were deceiving me for a moment there. But actually I was not seeing things, they really do want to do this. Don't know why I'm surprised anymore; wait, it must be because developers never cease to amaze in their attempts to plumb new depths. Yeah that's it.

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