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Footage shows progress at new Borders school sites

Langlee

A series of new videos and images have been issued to show the progress at a series of new school projects across the Borders.

Footage and photos from the sites of the new Broomlands and Langlee primaries and Kelso High give pupils, staff, parents and the community the chance to see how each facility is developing.

Videos of Langlee and Kelso are available at Scottish Borders Council’s YouTube Channel.

New photos of Broomlands and Langlee primaries, alongside previous images of Kelso High and Duns Primary, are available at SBC’s Flickr page.

Langlee Primary

The new £10m school is fast heading towards its opening, with an expected completion in summer 2017.

The new facility – which is adjacent to the current school building – will include 14 classrooms, sports hall, outdoor MUGA sports pitch, a centre for children with severe and complex additional support needs and provision for early learning and childcare.

Three new jobs have been created during construction by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey, while two unemployed people also received work experience on the site.

In addition, McLaughlin and Harvey hosted pupils from Langlee last year who received a safety tour of the site, while the company has engaged with Langlee Residents Association.

Kelso High

Work on the new school on the northern side of the town is still on course to be completed by autumn 2017.

The £22.5m project will have extensive sport facilities for students and the community to use as well as an eco-garden pond, orchard, allotment, outdoor classroom and arts and craft garden.

The school is being funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Futures Trust. It is being developed in partnership with Hub South East Scotland and its appointed contractor Morrison Construction.

Six new jobs have been created directly and indirectly thanks to the Kelso project, while Morrison have engaged with over 700 students at visits to Borders College and local schools. The site has also welcomed nine work experience placements for school pupils, college students and job centre clients.

Over 90 students and staff have also visited the Nethershot site from schools to learn more about the construction industry, while Morrison have engaged with Kelso Community Council in an effort to identify projects they could support.

Broomlands Primary

Broomlands Primary in Kelso will see 12 new classrooms, an early years centre, a new games hall/dining room and upgraded playground created.

Contractors McLaughlin and Harvey started work on the £9.7m school in October 2016 and are still on track to have the facility ready for pupils in 2018.

Duns Primary

The £8.6m project is on course to be completed in summer 2017.

SBC is working alongside development partner hub South East Scotland on the new school, which will see the primary school relocated to the former High School building, as well as the creation of a new Berwickshire Locality Support Centre.

The project is part funded by the Scottish Futures Trust, with Graham Construction contracted by Hub to carry out the work.

Six new jobs and six new and existing apprenticeships have already been created thanks to the Duns project, while Graham Construction has engaged with over 300 pupils in visits, as well as supporting four work experience placements.

An SBC spokesperson said: “These videos and images provide pupils, parents, staff and the local community with a great insight into how each new school is progressing.

“We have already seen the new Leader Valley additional needs school at Earlston open in February, and it is exciting to know that these four new schools will soon be providing new, modern facilities for our young people and communities.”

Ground breaking ceremony at Dumfries Learning Town

Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Councillor Ronnie Nicholson (in cab), with (from left) Alison Wilson, hub South West construction manager; Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the council’s children, young people and lifelong learning committee and Craig Bridges, framework director, Graham Construction

Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Councillor Ronnie Nicholson (in cab), with (from left) Alison Wilson, hub South West construction manager; Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the council’s children, young people and lifelong learning committee and Craig Bridges, framework director, Graham Construction

Work is underway on the third of the Dumfries Learning Town projects with first sod cut at an event yesterday.

Progress has been made in recent weeks by the partnership of Dumfries and Galloway Council, hub South West Scotland and main contractor Graham Construction.

Planning approval for The Bridge was granted in March, enabling the project to progress on the disused former bowling green at the King George V site in Dumfries.

An innovative community facility, The Bridge will deliver lifelong learning needs in Dumfries for learners across the region.

It will be a unique facility, providing learning opportunities beyond those found in traditional education settings such as schools, colleges and universities.

It will offer learners of all abilities and aspirations opportunities to pursue career pathways and personal interests.

The Bridge will combine school, theatre, cinema, dance studio, lecture and study space, model restaurant, and craft centre and will evolve as demands emerge.

It will be available to individuals and groups that wish to develop new skills, take forward initiatives and enterprises, meet as special interest groups, stage performances, or hold private functions.

The Bridge

The Bridge

Work on the other two Dumfries Learning Town Phase 1 projects – the restoration and modernisation of St Joseph’s College and development of the new NorthWest Campus, a development incorporating a high school, a special secondary school and two primary schools – is already well underway.

Gary Holmes, regional director for Graham Construction, said: “Developing emerging talent is at the heart of our company’s ethos and The Bridge will play an important role in progressing this. We’re proud to be participating and working alongside our partners, to make this a reality. The exciting Dumfries Learning Town programme is one of the largest we have undertaken to date for Dumfries and Galloway Council and The Bridge project brings a new and exciting dimension to education.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council leader, Ronnie Nicholson, said: “The start of work on The Bridge is the final piece in phase one of the transformation of education in Dumfries. Not only does this development bring together academic and vocational opportunities in Dumfries under one roof, it is being developed right in the heart of North West Dumfries, showing the ambition the council has to support the community and the whole of our town.

“The next challenge will be to move onto phase two, which will include the refurbishment of Dumfries Academy (Central Campus) and a new Dumfries High School (NorthEast Campus), completing what will be the biggest ever investment in education in Dumfries.”

Michael McBrearty, hub South West chief executive, added: “Dumfries Learning Town is an exciting and ambitious project that hub South West is thrilled to be a part of. With work to modernise St Joseph’s College and develop the new NorthWest Campus well underway, phase 1 of the Dumfries Learning Town is progressing well. The Bridge is a modern and innovative approach to supporting learning for youngsters in the Dumfries area. So it’s fantastic we’re now moving forward rapidly and we’ll be on site within a few weeks.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council has invested more than £71 million in phase 1 of Dumfries Learning Town, with £54m funded directly by the council and £17m funded by the Scottish Government through the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

The Bridge project is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2018/19.

Companies sign-up to hub South West’s Building for Growth programme

Michael McBrearty

Michael McBrearty

Construction and infrastructure partnership hub South West is set to help companies in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway to get clued-up on how to win profitable new business from some of Scotland’s biggest building contractors.

Now in its sixth round, the ‘Building for Growth’ programme will walk company bosses through a programme which provides valuable key insights into how to take their businesses to the next level.

The nine companies which will participate in hub South West’s March 2017 programme include JBB Groundcare, Racam Security and Communications, CHAPS, BMG Ltd, CCI Scotland, Clancy Consulting, CP Construction Solutions, McLaren Electrical Services and Lucion Services.

There has been hot competition for places on the programme, from which 42 companies within the region have already graduated, and participants will learn from, and mingle with, some of the biggest players in the sector.

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said: “The South West of Scotland is rich in ambitious companies in the construction and related sectors who want to take on greater volumes of business in a sustainable manner.

“This programme, which already has been a resounding success, will bring in experts in the fields of people management, IT, tendering and marketing, as well as building relationships with hub’s Tier 1 Contractors who will meet the delegates with the aim of  helping businesses to build the skills they need as well as to create the internal capacity for growth.

“Representatives of participating companies will be able to speak freely about the issues which face them in the eight half-day sessions. Measures are taken to ensure that there is no clash with competing businesses.”

The hub South West Building for Growth programme is supported by Kier, Morrison Construction, Graham and Morgan Sindall. It is one of a range of initiatives from hub South West, which enables cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities in the region.

Graham Construction delivers £7m assisted living complex in Bathgate

WLC. Rosemount Gardens. Bathgate.Graham Construction has completed work on the Rosemount Gardens and Court Complex in Bathgate.

The care development, which Graham delivered over three phases on behalf of West Lothian Council in partnership with hub South East, was officially opened by leader of the local authority, John McGinty.

Completion of the £7 million project will allow older people in the community to enjoy a comfortable environment whilst receiving the support within sheltered housing facilities.

The project included building a brand new 30 flat Rosemount Gardens block, with work to refurbish the existing adjacent Rosemount Court sheltered housing development into 16 one-bedroom flats ongoing.

Rosemount Court, which runs adjacent to the new building has also been given a refurbishment, converting existing bed sit accommodation into 16 one-bedroom flats.

The facility also houses shared support resources for older people to enjoy within the local community such as a dining area, laundry area, internal courtyard, hairdressers and multi-purpose rooms.

Neil McFarlane, regional director for Graham Construction, said: “These facilities are a fantastic attribute to West Lothian’s care offering, taking a pioneering approach to accommodation for the elderly.

“Graham Construction has worked in partnership with hub South East and West Lothian Council to deliver the complex, adding to our extensive healthcare credentials across Scotland.

“It’s great to reach this milestone and congratulations to our team for completing such a fantastic project.”

MSP meets apprentices at Monklands Hospital site

Graham Construction apprentices Reiss Fleming, 17, Andrew Coyle, 22, Thomas McGoran, 19, Liam McMillan, 24, Kayleigh Murdoch, 21, Shams Rahimi, 24 with Fulton MacGregor MSP and representatives from Graham Construction and NHS Lanarkshire

Graham Construction apprentices Reiss Fleming, 17, Andrew Coyle, 22, Thomas McGoran, 19, Liam McMillan, 24, Kayleigh Murdoch, 21, Shams Rahimi, 24 with Fulton MacGregor MSP and representatives from Graham Construction and NHS Lanarkshire

Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Fulton MacGregor visited the site of the £19 million theatre refurbishment project at Monklands Hospital yesterday accompanied by twelve students from New College Lanarkshire.

Mr MacGregor, a member of Holyrood’s education and skills committee, was given a tour of the project by senior members of staff from main contractor Graham Construction.

He was introduced to apprentices working on the development and spoke to them about their experience and their route into the construction industry.

Liam McMillian, 24 from Motherwell, one of the apprentices who met Mr MacGregor, said: “It’s been a really interesting project to be involved with, helping me to learn about many different techniques in the industry.”

Last year the construction company launched the ‘Graham Pre-Apprentice Course’, at New College Lanarkshire, giving students employability support, access to sites and regular mentoring sessions.

While delivering the project, Graham Construction has also contributed to skills and employment in the wider community, creating 25 jobs in partnership with North Lanarkshire Working.

These include a number of apprenticeships in plumbing, electrical and joinery trades for local young people, supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). In addition, the company has sponsored a pre-apprenticeship course at New College Lanarkshire, offering five-week placements for students.

Fulton MacGregor MSP with representatives from Graham Construction, New College Lanarkshire and NHS Lanarkshire plus NCL students  Raymond Staniard, 37, Kyle Smith, 20 and Patrick McDonald, 19

Fulton MacGregor MSP with representatives from Graham Construction, New College Lanarkshire and NHS Lanarkshire plus NCL students Raymond Staniard, 37, Kyle Smith, 20 and Patrick McDonald, 19

The MSP also met six Graham apprentices alongside twelve students from the college plus course lecturer Brian Biggar.

Mr MacGregor said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the site at Monklands and hear from both Graham’s and New College Lanarkshire about the work going on to improve skills in the area, through apprenticeships and college courses.

“Having heard previously about the skills shortage in construction I am pleased that there is a combined effort from all stakeholders to encourage more people into construction.

“It is also encouraging to see investment at our local hospital and I look forward to seeing the results of this capital investment.”

Chris Macleod, Graham Construction’s framework director, said: “Our aim at Monklands Hospital, as well as completing the project on time and on budget for our client, NHS Lanarkshire, is to leave a legacy of apprenticeships and skilled craftsmanship within the industry, while fully supporting Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce priorities.”

Phase 1 of the project, comprising a new £5.5m 10-bed intensive Care Unit, has already been handed over to NHS Lanarkshire. The company is also preparing to complete Phase 4 which involves the delivery of two new theatres.

The overall project involves a complex, 12-phase upgrade and replacement of the Surgical Department to provide seven new operating suites, including two ultra clean theatres, recovery area, reception and relatives’ area.

James Mulroy, Graham Construction’s senior project manager, added: “We’ve designed the construction programme to ensure that the local community still has full access to the hospital while building work is being carried out. While that makes the project a bit more challenging than normal, we’ve got a great deal of experience in similar developments throughout the UK.”

CITB provides industry employers – including Graham Construction – with funding, training and skills to support their modern apprentices.

Cat MacFarlane, CITB advisor, said: “With over 2,000 new recruits needed each year to meet the demands of Scotland’s construction industry, it’s excellent to see so many apprentices gaining hands-on experience within this major construction project. The valuable experience that they have gained will stand them in good stead to find a rewarding career within the industry.”

The overall project is expected to be complete in spring of 2018.

Graham Construction tops out £20m Glasgow development

(from left) Kayleigh Murdoch, Brian Hepburn, Andrew Coyle, Reiss Fleming, Thomas McGoran, Liam McMillan and Shams Rahimi

Apprentices (from left) Kayleigh Murdoch, Brian Hepburn, Andrew Coyle, Reiss Fleming, Thomas McGoran, Liam McMillan and Shams Rahimi

The future of Graham Construction’s workforce helped mark a significant milestone in the development of a £20.2 million student accommodation building on Bath Street in Glasgow.

Seven of the firm’s young apprentices gathered on the roof of the 14 floor project as part of the topping out ceremony for the purpose-built development, taking place during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

All the apprentices pictured are currently enrolled in the Graham Academy, an initiative launched by the firm to help combat the skills shortage within the industry. The scheme sees young employees take on structured learning courses, which offer nationally-recognised qualifications alongside paid work experience and permanent employment. The entry level programme allows young people to pursue a career in construction.

GRAHAM_BATH_STREET_GLASGOW_017Technical Apprentice, Reiss Fleming, 17, laid the final section of cement on the project, which is due for completion in August. Reiss has been employed by Graham for more than two-years, initially on work experience before being taken on as a full-time apprentice in civil engineering. There are currently 100 young people like Reiss within Graham Construction, on the programme.

Gary Holmes, regional director of Graham Construction, said: “Young people represent the future of the industry and we’re committed in helping equip them for this future, through work placements, traineeships and apprenticeship schemes.

“Reiss and the rest of the young people employed at Graham play a vital role within our organisation in contributing to current projects across the country, while ensuring we have the talent in place to grow the company in the future.”

Reiss was joined by trainees and apprentices, Thomas McGoran, Kayleigh Murdoch, Liam McMillan, Andrew Coyle, Brian Hepburn and Shams Rahimi.

Reiss said: “Being taken on as a full-time apprentice at Graham Construction has been an excellent experience. The Graham Academy has been extremely supportive in giving me advice and expert training as I work towards the qualifications I need to become a civil engineer within the company.”

Bath Street development cgiThe Bath Street student development, located on the junction with Pitt Street, will deliver 330 single-occupancy studio rooms in addition to a large ground-floor retail-space, and basement storage space.

The building is positioned on the site of the former A-Listed Elgin Place Congregational Church – an iconic landmark in the city – which was home to a number of well-known nightclubs, including ‘Shack’ and ‘Trash’.

Graham employs over 300 people in Scotland and has managed over 150 apprenticeships.

Graham Construction is a member of the 5% Club, made up of companies committed to ensuring at least 5% of their workforce over the next five years is comprised of young people on structured learning schemes.

However, it goes far beyond this commitment – with 12% of the current workforce in these schemes.

Graham Construction chosen to build £134m Aberdeen health facilities

NHS Grampian project director Jackie Bremner and Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes shake on the deal - surrounded by senior colleagues from their organisations

NHS Grampian project director Jackie Bremner and Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes shake on the deal – surrounded by senior colleagues from their organisations

Graham Construction has been selected to develop two new health facilities for NHS Grampian within its Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen.

The £134 million capital scheme will be the largest project to be procured through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework to date.

The new Baird Family Hospital will bring together all services at the existing Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and breast and gynaecology services from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). The new ANCHOR Centre will include day-patient and out-patient oncology and haematology services relocating from ARI.

Today senior staff from Graham Construction and members of NHS Grampian project team met for a launch event on the Foresterhill Health Campus to officially announce the appointment.

Jackie Bremner, NHS Grampian project director for the project, said: “This is a very exciting milestone in the development of these important new developments on the Foresterhill Health Campus. We look forward to working with our partners at Graham Construction to create high quality modern facilities that will help enable us to deliver quality care designed for the future for the people of the North East, North of Scotland and the Northern Isles.”

Gary Holmes, regional director for Graham Construction, said: “We are privileged to be working with NHS Grampian and its stakeholders in the development of the Foresterhill Health Campus and in equipping it to offer the highest quality of care to the region for years to come.”

Within a six year programme of works with NHS Scotland, Graham Construction is already delivering projects to a capital value of £112m, comprising of differing packages of new build, refurbishment, backlog maintenance, statutory compliance and risk reduction works for NHS Health Boards across Scotland.

Successful awards to date have included the design and construction of Raigmore Hospital’s Critical Services Upgrade and Monklands Hospital Theatre & ITU redevelopment projects for NHS Highland and NHS Lanarkshire regions, together with the reconfiguration and refurbishment numerous health facilities across the NHS Lanarkshire estate, the extensive redevelopment of Dunfermline’s Queen Margaret Hospital and the Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy for NHS Fife, and a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital, Cupar, which opened in May 2016.

Within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Graham Construction is delivering a demolition programme to assist in the rationalisation of their overall estate, and the design and construction of a National Pain Management Centre, located at Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow.

Construction work of the new Aberdeen facilities will commence in mid-2018, with completion in 2020.

Different approach needed to attract new talent to construction

Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Graham Construction executive chairman, Michael Graham, has outlined how a new approach by his company is creating a long-term solution to addressing the growing ‘skills crisis’ within the industry.

Welcomed the key recommendations of the Farmer review into the issue, Mr Graham revealed how Graham Construction was developing innovative methods in its search for new talent as it continues to expand its footprint across the UK, but also stressed that more needs to be done across the sector.

He stated how their current approach is all about focusing on understanding the drivers that motivate people to join the industry, creating multiple entry points with fast track opportunities and reaching out to groups that might not normally be attracted to a career in construction.

“With the recent opening of our 14th office, over 1,900 staff employed by the business and a healthy forward order book, recruitment and retention of talent is essential if we are to continue delivering some of the most innovative and iconic projects across these islands,” said Mr Graham.

He added: “Getting the right people, at the right time, is the lifeblood of any business and this is equally true for the construction industry. At Graham, our ambition is focused on attracting, developing and retaining talented, high performing people.

“Through the Graham Academy, which is recognised as an industry leader, we are providing opportunities for young people to learn new skills and gain national qualifications within our apprenticeship, industrial placement and graduate programmes.

“And, as a proud member of the 5% Club, we’re already ahead of the game with 12 per cent of our team learning, earning and making a difference on our student schemes, apprenticeships and graduate development programme.

“Energising the next generation is vital for the future of our industry.  This year we are attending a record number of career fairs and communicating with prospective employees in creative, innovative ways using staff ambassadors and direct partnerships with Schools, Universities and Colleges to promote a career within the sector.

“In order to attract talent from a wider audience we need to understand that people have very different drivers in the modern workplace. We need to redefine not only the image of construction but also explore and create innovative, attractive work environments, which actively promote flexibility, work life balance and provide purpose.

“To promote and support our innovative plans we have just launched a new careers website which presents a much more balanced and attractive image of the construction industry to potential recruits. The future of the industry is dependent on our ability to adapt, modernise and showcase the great careers we offer.”

Minister meets young people working on Graham Construction project

(from left) Gary Holmes (Graham regional director), Jos Mackie, Brian Hepburn, Liam McMillan, Karen Jeffrey, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Michael O’Neil, Shams Rahimi, Stephen Angus, Eimear McLaughlin, David McFadyen and Craig Bridges Graham regional development director

(from left) Gary Holmes (Graham regional director), Jos Mackie, Brian Hepburn, Liam McMillan, Karen Jeffrey, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Michael O’Neil, Shams Rahimi, Stephen Angus, Eimear McLaughlin, David McFadyen and Craig Bridges Graham regional development director

Scotland’s minister for employability and training Jamie Hepburn MSP heard from the future of the country’s building industry as he visited a Graham Construction project in Glasgow city centre yesterday.

Mr Hepburn met and chatted with nine young people who are working on Graham’s Bath Street student accommodation development – a £20.2 million purpose-built building of 330 single occupancy rooms.

The project is being built on the site of the former A-Listed Elgin Place Congregational Church, an iconic landmark in the city which was latterly home to popular nightclubs Cardinal Follies and The Shack before being demolished following a disastrous fire 12 years ago.

A computer generated image of the Bath St development

A computer generated image of the Bath St development

Mr Hepburn heard at first hand the positive work experiences of trainee engineers Jos Mackie, Shams Rahimi and Karen Jeffrey, trainee buyer Liam McMillan, apprentice joiner Brian Hepburn, recently qualified joiner Stephen Angus, summer placement Eimear McLaughlin – a Napier University building surveying student – and assistant quantity surveyors David McFadyen and Michael O’Neil.

Graham Construction is a member of the 5 per cent Club, made up of companies committed to ensuring at least 5 per cent of their workforce over the next five years is comprised of young people on structured learning schemes. However, Graham goes far beyond this commitment – with 12 per cent of the current workforce in these schemes.

The company has also established the Graham Academy to tackle the looming skills shortage in the industry. This is an entry level programme for young people to pursue a career in construction.

Almost 12 per cent of its West of Scotland staff are currently involved in the academy through roles such as apprenticeships, graduate schemes or trainee placements.

Over 100 young people have already enrolled in the Academy, which offers nationally-recognised qualifications alongside paid work experience and permanent employment.

Trainee engineer Karen Jeffrey, from Torrance, with Jamie Hepburn MSP

Trainee engineer Karen Jeffrey, from Torrance, with Jamie Hepburn MSP

Regional director Gary Holmes said: “We’re very pleased to welcome the Minister to one of our construction sites, giving him the opportunity to experience some of the work we are carrying out across the country.

“Apprentices play a vital role in our company’s overall operation, contributing immensely to current projects while bolstering the foundations of its future workforce. I’m personally committed to this and to the development of young people, having started my career at Graham as an apprentice.

“We place a huge focus on recruiting young people, giving them experience of working in the construction industry, and earning while they are learning.

“Our overall goal is to further increase the number of apprentices and young people employed by the company, building on the 12 per cent of the current workforce which are enrolled in learning schemes.”

In addition to the traditional trade apprenticeship route, Graham has developed a strong focus on technical apprenticeships which are aimed at providing young people with professional career pathways into areas such as Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.

An exterior shot of site

An exterior shot of the Bath Street site

Minister for employability and training Jamie Hepburn said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit one of Graham Construction projects in Glasgow today and hear about the positive work experiences of the young trainees. These apprenticeship programmes play a key role in ensuring young people have the opportunities they need to develop their employability skills in the construction industry.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting all of Scotland’s young people towards and into employment. We are transforming young people’s prospects and have taken early action to lead a concerted effort, jointly with Local Government, to develop Scotland’s young workforce.”

Graham starts work on Dumfries Learning Town programme

St Joseph's College Dumfries 1

St Joseph’s College

Graham Construction has been selected as principal contractor to deliver the three Phase 1 projects in the Dumfries Learning Town (DLT) programme.

Chosen by hub South West Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish Futures Trust, the contract will see Graham deliver St Joseph’s College, North West Campus and The Bridge, an innovative centre of excellence available to all of the new schools.

Graham Construction has already completed enabling works on the £23 million redevelopment of St Joseph’s College, the first project in the £60m Phase 1 of the two-phase programme, with work on the main college building commencing in early to mid August.

Work to St Joseph’s College entails the comprehensive fabric repair and restoration and refurbishment of the original Grade B listed historic stone building, which was built in the early 19th Century. The extensive redevelopment of the College will include refurbishment of an existing extension, and the demolition and construction of a new wing to provide all facilities under one roof. External works will include the provision of a new 3G sports facility and the reinstatement of grass pitches.

When completed, St Joseph’s will be over 8,000m2 in size and will have the facilities to accommodate 644 secondary school students and 72 staff; providing world-class teaching facilities to the community of Dumfries in South West Scotland.

St Joseph's College

St Joseph’s College

DLT is procured within the £500m hub South West Scotland framework and funded by the Scottish Government’s ‘Schools for the Future’ national programme. It is a revolutionary approach to the provision of educational facilities combining nursery, primary and secondary schools on a ‘whole town’ basis.

Gary Holmes, regional director of Graham Construction, said: “Dumfries Learning Town is an exciting project and we are looking forward to working with the partners to deliver a new approach to education for the area, starting with the redevelopment of historic St Joseph’s College.

“We have a wide experience of delivering first-class educational facilities across Scotland, from refurbishing existing premises to designing and creating bespoke buildings. The Dumfries programme is one of the largest we have undertaken to date and is a challenge we relish.”

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s children, young people and lifelong learning committee, said: “Providing the best start in life for all our children and being inclusive are priorities for our children. Dumfries Learning Town will enable us to deliver on our priorities. It will offer the very best educational opportunities for our young people. Our council’s collaborative, inclusive approach shows our commitment to delivering buildings that are state-of-the-art and fit for the purpose of learning in the 21st century.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of development partner Hub South West Scotland, added: “The Dumfries Learning Town Project will generate substantial employment, growth and investment at a local level, whilst creating the infrastructure to support the ongoing education of the young people of Dumfries and Galloway.”