BALFOUR Beatty has been appointed to deliver Fife College’s new Dunfermline campus, with preparatory work set to begin next month.
Following Scottish Government approval, the college started the procurement process for the construction of the new campus earlier this year, revealing it received ‘several strong bids’.
The college said Balfour Beatty demonstrated the firm’s experience with projects of this size and nature, processes for ensuring a high quality build, and a practical approach to achieving net zero requirements of the build.
80% of contracts for the build will be awarded to local businesses, and the project is expected to deliver over 200 weeks of employment to apprentices.
The campus will be located on a 58-acre purpose-built low carbon site in the eastern expansion area of Dunfermline, and is due to open by the summer of 2024. The build is part of the proposed Dunfermline Learning Campus – a venture to relocate Fife College’s Dunfermline Campus, St Columba’s RC High School and Woodmill High School to a purpose-built new campus.
Principal of Fife College, Dr Hugh Hall, said, “The appointment of Balfour Beatty is a major milestone and brings the realisation of our new Dunfermline Campus closer for our students, staff and communities. This is a hugely important development, not only for the College but also for the Fife region and beyond. I am looking forward to working with our partners to create a world-class place of lifelong learning for students of all ages. With millions set to be invested locally, and hundreds of job opportunities created, this development provides a huge boost to the local area.”
Hector MacAulay MBE, Balfour Beatty’s MD, regional Scotland, added, “We are delighted to be appointed as Fife College’s construction partner for the new Dunfermline Campus. This builds upon our significant experience and capability within this sector. We look forward to working in partnership with Hugh’s team to deliver on the college’s vision and also to support sustainable outcomes – especially in relation to carbon and the community.”