30 June 2017

Schools visit two ‘Dumfries Learning Town’ projects

GRAHAM Construction opens doors to pupils from two local Primary schools.

Lochside Primary School pupils have been given an insight into the development of North West Campus. As the first of three schools who will visit the project over the coming weeks, the primary 2-4 pupils were shown tools and materials used by engineers and received a tour of the site. They were also given a short introduction into the many different trades available within the construction industry.

North West Campus will be a new school in Lochside, Dumfries. The facility will bring together Lochside Primary School, St Ninians Primary School, Maxwelltown High School and Langlands School. The single building structure will have the capacity to hold almost 1,000 pupils, aged 3-18.

North West Campus will be officially named in June, with pupils, parents and the wider community voting for their favourite name.

Over at St Joseph’s College, where GRAHAM is currently undertaking an extensive redevelopment, P2 pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School visited the site as part of their term topic to learn about the features of different buildings. The pupils were shown 3D modelling and also received a site tour.

Next month, GRAHAM Construction will be sending representatives to St Andrew’s Primary as part of the school’s ‘World of Work Week’, another opportunity for the children to learn about the broad topic of construction.

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

Debbie Rutherford, GRAHAM Construction community benefits advisor said: “Dumfries Learning Town is one of our biggest projects to date. The site visits are a great opportunity for the pupils to see the building process first-hand as it is where many will transition through their learning years.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Children Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL] committee, said: Providing the best start in life for all our children is vital. We want our young people to get the most from education. This means that we must create environments that stimulate and encourage learning. So, our Council has got more than £71m being invested in phase 1 of Dumfries Learning Town, which will offer first class, state-of-the art education facilities. The construction industry is a major economic player in Scotland, offering a huge range of careers. Opportunities such as this are an excellent way to let young people see some of the excellent careers available in an exciting and challenging industry.”