Late last year, nursery and primary pupils were given the chance to see how construction is progressing at their new shared schools site in Dundee, Fife.
The existing Park Place Nursery and Primary and St. Joseph’s Primary buildings are being replaced as part of a Dundee City Council initiative costing a total of just over £9.6 million. Main contractor Robertson Construction (Eastern) is carrying out the scheme, which is expected to be completed this autumn.
The shared site schools will contain twenty classrooms, a nursery and a gym hall. In addition, there will be a dining/assembly hall and a multipurpose room that can be used for drama and music.
Representatives from the local authority joined Councillor Elizabeth Fordyce, Monsignor Ken McCaffrey and the Robertson Construction team to celebrate with the children at the event in October 2011.
Speaking at the event, Councillor Elizabeth Fordyce said:
“There has been a considerable amount of progress made over the summer and everyone from the schools will be excited to see this new development taking shape. We are pleased that our efforts to consult with parents and the Diocese of Dunkeld have helped to bring forward the plans to this stage.
“I am delighted that pupils can be here today to see for themselves what the new building is looking like. This investment will help to benefit pupils from Park Place and St Joseph’s in the future and we are all looking forward to the completion of the project.”
Sean O’Callaghan, Robertson Construction, added:
“We’re delighted to be joined on site today by our very special guests to view the progress of the new West End Primary school.
“At Robertson we’re committed to actively engaging with the communities where we work. We do this through a variety of means, including open days, working with local apprentices and events such as today. It is great that the pupils who will ultimately use the school get an opportunity to understand how their school is built.”
Monsignor Ken McCaffrey said:
“The Diocese of Dunkeld is pleased to have been involved in this new development, the first of two shared site schools in our city. We have had the fullest co-operation from Dundee City Council and they have accepted all of the guidelines from the Catholic Education Commission for such projects.
“I am sure that the children will benefit with these state of the art facilities and the diocese looks forward to continuing this partnership working with Dundee City Council.”