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Dumfries pupils tour St Joseph's College project

The completed college will be over 8,000m2 in size, catering to 644 secondary students and 72 staff

Posted by Hannah Vickers | June 20, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

St Andrew’s Primary School pupils have been given an insight into the redevelopment of St Joseph’s College.

The Primary 2 class of six- and seven-year-olds visited the site as part of their term topic - learning about the features of different buildings. The pupils were shown tools and materials used by engineers, as well as seeing 3D modelling and receiving a site tour.

They were also given a short introduction into many different types of trades available within the construction industry.

Early next month, GRAHAM Construction will be sending representatives to St Andrew’s Primary as part of the school’s ‘World of Work Week’, another opportunity for the children to learn about broad topic of construction.

St Joseph’s College, part of the Dumfries Learning Town development, is a comprehensive fabric repair, restoration and refurbishment of the original Grade B listed historic stone building, which was built in the early 20th Century.

The extensive redevelopment of the College will include refurbishment of an existing extension, and the demolition and construction of a new wing to provide all facilities under one roof. External works will include the provision of a new all-weather synthetic sports facility and the reinstatement of a grass pitch. 

When completed, St Joseph’s will be over 8,000m2 in size; providing world-class teaching facilities to the community of Dumfries in South West Scotland, catering to 644 secondary students and 72 staff.

Debbie Rutherford, GRAHAM Constructions community benefits advisor said: “It was really enjoyable giving the P2 class a glimpse behind-the-scenes of St Joseph’s College.

As the school is only a stone’s throw away from the site, the pupils took an active interest in what’s going on with the visit allowing them to see building process, first-hand - Debbie Rutherford, Community Benefits Advisor, GRAHAM Constructions

“At GRAHAM, we always play an active role within the communities where we operate, helping to upskill in whatever way we can.

“As the school is only a stone’s throw away from the site, the pupils took an active interest in what’s going on with the visit allowing them to see building process, first-hand.”

The Dumfries Learning Town Project (DLT) and is due for completion in February 2018.

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