Build of Dunfermline Learning Campus reaches highest point

A topping out ceremony has marked a major milestone in the build of the new Dunfermline Learning Campus.

Pupils helped Scottish Government education secretary Jenny Gilruth and Fife councillors lay a cement plinth commemorating the school building reaching its highest point.

BAM Construction began preparing the site in September 2021 and moved on to constructing the school buildings last Summer. Balfour Beatty started constructing the new Fife College building in January 2023.

Dunfermline Learning Campus will bring together pupils, students and staff at St Columba’s RC High School, Woodmill High School, and Fife College in modern, low carbon facilities.

Fife Council is working in partnership with Fife CollegeThe Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust to create Dunfermline Learning Campus. The project is procured and managed for Fife Council by hub East Central Scotland.

Stephen Long, who leads the learning estate infrastructure team at the Scottish Futures Trust, said, “In managing the new Learning Estate Investment Programme, our focus is on working with our partners to deliver high quality, well maintained, digitally-enabled buildings that achieve ambitious energy targets.

“Fife Council has embraced that focus with the Dunfermline Learning Campus being designed and built to achieve Passivhaus accreditation, which as well as lowering energy consumption should also provide excellent ventilation and comfortable temperatures all year round. This demonstrates Fife Council’s continued commitment to reducing building related carbon emissions for the benefit of the community.”

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, hub East Central Scotland, added, “The topping out today is a mark of the excellent progress being made on the project as we continue to work with everyone in the team to manage its successful completion. We look forward to welcoming the first young people to the schools next year.”

Dunfermline Learning Campus will open in two phases. The high schools will open to pupils in August 2024, while Fife College will open to students in 2025.