The prestigious international Partnership Awards that took place at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London, named the Dalbeattie Learning Campus, an ‘all through’ campus consisting of nursery, primary and secondary education set in an innovative landscaped setting, the ‘Best Social Infrastructure’ project.
Delivered for Dumfries and Galloway Council in a collaborative partnership approach with hub South West, the learning campus features multiple ‘learning bases’ that provide flexible and functional spaces aimed at a focus on lifelong learning and vocational qualifications, as well as traditional school subjects.
“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,” said Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West.
Valued at £24 million, the project saw 58% of all sub-contracting work packages going to local businesses as part of hub South West’s commitment to ensuring that local construction projects support businesses and employees within local communities. As part of the project’s additional development benefits 13 delegates were upskilled, 2 graduates were recruited, 9 N and SVQ completions for subcontractors were achieved, and 17 work placements were secured.
“Providing the best start in life for all of our children is a priority for our Council. So, I’m delighted that our Council is being recognised for the excellence of the first of our new learning campuses. Dalbeattie Learning Campus is a first class facility that is appropriate for the 21st century and transforming education in Dalbeattie,” said Councillor Jeff Leaver, chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning (CYPLL) committee.
The Awards took place on Thursday, 10th of May, and were attended by over 700 people to celebrate the best in Public/Private Partnership (PPP) projects. The Partnership Awards, now in its 20th year, is the largest event in the industry and covers projects across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.