Dundee to consider Willmott Dixon’s £8m replacement primary school bid

new Sidlaw View Primary SchoolPlans for an £8.1 million new school in Dundee have been recommended for approval.

Dundee City Council’s city development committee will be asked to approve a tender submission by Willmott Dixon Construction Limited for the new project to replace Sidlaw View Primary and Jessie Porter nursery.

The primary school and nursery will form part of a three-tier shared campus that will also accommodate a new Baldragon Academy.

Councillors approved the £27m redevelopment of the secondary school in September last year. The local authority will meet £10.6m of the bill, with Scottish Futures paying the rest.

Will Dawson committee convener said: “The way we tendered for this building means that the specification and design was produced by the council’s in-house team and management fees, overheads and profit for the lead contractor were all agreed in advance.

“The quotes were market tested with 59 individual work packages issued to 195 potential sub-contractors and suppliers, and then benchmarked against current market prices to confirm that it offers the best value for money.”

Stewart Hunter convener of the education committee added: “It is important that we continue to ensure that the buildings in which we educate our young people are of the highest possible standard.

“I am sure that the replacement school will be welcomed by pupils, parents and staff who will be working there.”

The new two-storey building will house a two stream primary school designed for 400 pupils and 70 full time equivalent (FTE) nursery places for three to five year olds, with a separate nursery area for up to 30 FTE two years olds.

Vehicles will get into the site from Harestane Road with spaces for 33 cars to park and a drop-off point for nursery pupils.

The building will be steel framed with external cavity wall construction. The external finish will be a mixture of facing brick/blockwork and aluminium powder coated panels.

All of the classrooms will face south to get the maximum amount of natural light into them.

The city development committee meets on Monday (June 22).

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