A £38 million project to create a new educational and community facility in Forfar is underway.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown, was on hand to cut the first sod to mark the construction phase of the project.
The Forfar Community Campus project will incorporate the replacement for Forfar Academy, Forfar Swimming Pool and Lochside Leisure Centre. The facility is being developed by Angus Council in partnership with the Hub East Central Scotland.
Keith Brown said, “This new school will be an inspiring environment for pupils to learn in, but will also be the heart of the community here and I look forward to seeing the new school when it opens to pupils.”
Kevin Dickson, Regional Managing Director at Robertson Group, said, “When complete, this new facility will bring benefits to the Forfar community for generations to come. It is a privilege for Robertson to be involved in such an important project for the area and we are looking forward to working with our partners and the local community as the new campus takes shape.”
Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, Hub East Central Scotland, added, “This project is a shining example of our focus on the delivery on sustainable community facilities, using our expertise to achieve best value. It is one of 42 on-going projects, together valued at over £500 million, that Hub East Central Scotland is currently delivering across Angus, Tayside, Forth Valley, Fife, and Perthshire.”
Grant Robertson, Associate Director at Scottish Futures Trust stated, “Work on the campus will be welcome news to many local SMEs in the building industry. The project will provide a massive boost to the number of work-placements, apprenticeships and training opportunities that will be created through the delivery partner, hub East Central Scotland Ltd.”
The new building will welcome pupils and the wider community in February 2017.