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Project Overview

Client Dumfries & Galloway Council

Project Value £26.5m

Expertise Digital

Sector Education

Timeline March 2016 to November 2017

Location Scotland

Dalbeattie Shared Learning Campus, Dumfries & Galloway

A lesson in applied digital technology

Project Summary

The transformative Dalbeattie Learning Campus amalgamates Dalbeattie High School with both the Dalbeattie Primary School and Nursery School onto one shared, multi-purpose site. Our innovative passive design strategy helped reduce the overall building footprint by 10% (890m2) while saving approximately £1.8m in cost. The £26.5m state-of-the-art campus was officially handed over in November 2017 following a collaborative 18-month building programme that was recognised for our active community engagement throughout the consultation and construction process.


project value

shaved circa 30%

off the M&E costs

10% reduction

in building footprint

Digital Solution

From conception to completion, BIM 360 Field provided our Dalbeattie project team with the advantage of monitoring and managing Health and Safety, quality and on-site progress in real time. As a result, our team accessed models, drawings and other statistical data, which informed their construction decisions.

The functionality of BIM 360 Field, also enabled them to attach photographs to site diaries and sign off digitised checklists, while its collaborative nature ensured that all parties, including sub-contractors, were updated in real-time of design changes. Indeed, the passive design strategy applied at Dalbeattie, considerably reduced the overall building footprint. A further digital tool utilised was Navisworks 4D. It allowed us to attach the project schedule to files and import task data. 4D simulations were then completed by linking 3D models to these tasks created by the schedule.

"Dalbeattie Learning Campus will deliver first class facilities and transform education in Dalbeattie, delivering learning facilities appropriate for the 21st century. We were all very impressed by the new campus"

Councillor Jeff Leaver Chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL] committee

"It is a brilliant development and one that the whole of the local community can be proud of"

Councillor Ros Surtees Dumfries & Galloway Council

"The whole building is so spacious, bright and welcoming and a huge amount of thought, including a very large input from the pupils, has gone into the design of all aspects of the building. The setting is spectacular and the sports facilities and opportunities for outdoor learning are absolutely first class. I’m very envious of the young people and the staff who will be using this amazing facility"

Councillor Jeff Leaver , Chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL] committee