Future of £16m Coldside school and community facility to be decided next week

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CREDIT: This story was first seen in The Courier

Councillors will be asked to approve the tender from Wilmott Dixon Construction Ltd to build the new schools and community project in Coldside, The Courier reports.

If approved, work on the project will get under way in February with an expected completion date of June 2018.

The facilities will then become operational for the Autumn term in August of that year.

Bill Campbell, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “With work completed or well underway on similar projects in other neighbourhoods across the city it is good to see progress being made on the Coldside scheme.

“This will bring two new single stream primary schools designed over two storeys, a separate nursery area and a dedicated facility for community use to Coldside that will provide services for people who will live in the adjacent new houses being built in this part of the city.”

Stewart Hunter, convener of the city council’s children and families service committee, said: “This new build will replace Our Lady’s RC and Rosebank primary schools and the Frances Wright pre-school centre with modern custom designed facilities.

“As well as the schools there will be four additional flexible classrooms, nursery facilities and a dedicated area for community use of 500m² which together will create buildings in which staff will be able deliver a 21st curriculum and local people enjoy leisure and culture.”

Vehicles will gain access to the main school, community facility, pupil drop-off and service yard car park from Alexander Street, while the nursery school car park and pupil drop-off facility will be in Ann Street.

New social housing is currently being built on another part of the site, which was formerly home to the Alexander Street multis.

Labour’s education spokesman Laurie Bidwell could not be reached for comment.

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The city development committee meets on Monday December 12.