Partnership working pays off for Dalbeattie Learning Campus

THE Dalbeattie Learning Campus has been named Best Social Infrastructure project at the international Partnership Awards in London.

The £24 million Dumfries-based campus, which comprises nursery, primary, and secondary education, was delivered for Dumfries and Galloway Council in a partnership approach with hub South West and GRAHAM Construction.

Dalbeattie Learning Campus features  multiple ‘learning bases’ which provide spaces aimed at lifelong learning and vocational qualifications as well as traditional school subjects.

The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in Public/Private Partnership (PPP) projects and covers projects across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West said, “This has been a fantastic evening, and a just recognition of the work hub South West, GRAHAM and Dumfries and Galloway Council have put into the Dalbeattie Campus, as well as a clear indicator of what can be achieved in partnership.”

58% of all subcontracting work packages on the project went to local businesses.

Gary Holmes, GRAHAM regional managing director of building in Scotland added, “Dalbeattie Learning Campus is a valuable asset for the region, the delivery of which was only possible through effective partnership working. During the development we went to great lengths to ensure we engaged with the community and that it benefited through access to jobs, apprenticeships, work experience and upskilling – all of which are very important to GRAHAM. We’re honoured this accolade has recognised these efforts.”