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Dalbeattie Shared Learning Campus

Transforming education through innovation

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Project Overview

Client Dumfries & Galloway Council
Project Value £26.5m
Expertise Building
Sector Education
Timeline March 2016 - November 2017
Location Scotland
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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.

The detail

Our experienced team actively set the tone for the project by initiating a consultation and community engagement programme, incorporating design workshops, sample rooms and voting mechanisms, during the design process.

A project first focus, and a commitment to problem solving, also facilitated the establishment of a dedicated Community Benefit Advisor role to garner trust from the local community and ultimately guarantee that their views were reflected in the final building plans.

Tangible outcomes emerging from this collaborative approach included a significant 10% reduction in building footprint (890m2), which saved approximately £1.8m in cost and served to maximise the outdoor learning space available to pupils. Incorporating the “whole of life” education ethos espoused by the Campus’s educators and 800 pupils into the new build’s passive design ensured a plethora of innovative features including a focus on natural daylighting and ventilation, flexible teaching spaces of optimum depth and facilities built to make a sustainable, lasting impact.

  • 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.

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"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