27 November 2017

Lord-Lieutenant launches boat at Dalbeattie Learning Campus

A maritime-themed centre-piece has been officially launched by the Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry, Sir Malcolm Ross.

Donated by Solway Yacht Club and installed by GRAHAM Construction, an Olympic-class racing-boat is now permanently berthed in Dalbeattie Learning Campus playground.

It is intended to be an ‘imaginative-learning-environment’ which children can play on. Pupils were given the opportunity to pick a name for the vessel, which has been christened ‘Everest Skye’ after two characters from the popular animation, PAW Patrol.

The project was the result of a design workshop which took place in the early phases of planning for Dalbeattie Learning Campus and an approach was made to the local yacht club who immediately suggested gifting a spare racing-boat they owned.

GRAHAM Construction, the company which completed work on the campus, then set about including it in the playground, surrounded by blue AstroTurf and ocean-themed landscaping.

Ian Purkis, Commodore of the Solway Yacht Club in nearby Kippford said: “Sailing is a highly rewarding sport for everyone, regardless of age so hopefully “Everest Skye” will capture the imagination of some children from the area. We’re always keen to give demonstrations and welcome in budding young sailors to try their hand.

John McHugh, Construction Director at GRAHAM Construction said: “One of the more unusual tasks we’ve completed, the boat makes an excellent addition to the playground. The team has creatively designed an area to place the craft, which has been extremely well-received.

“This is a really fantastic way to finish one of our most successful education projects and I’m really proud to see the pupils enjoy the full use of the campus.”

The campus houses the town’s brand-new nursery, primary and secondary schools.

The extensive project contains specialist sports facilities including a six-lane running-track, a rugby-field, 3G pitch and MUGA for football and hockey.