New Dunfermline High School set to go ahead

Archived news: published on Thursday 20 Aug 2009 by Fife Council

Councillor Douglas Chapman

Councillor Douglas Chapman

Plans for a new £40 million High School in Dunfermline have been backed today, Thursday August 20 by Fife Councillors.

Members of the Education and Children’s Services Committee gave the green light to the investment in the new Dunfermline High School which will be built at the existing site and which should be ready by 2012.

The proposal now has to get final budget approval from the authority’s Policy, Finance and Asset Management Committee this is expected to take place on September 10.

Committee Chair Councillor Douglas Chapman said: “I’m delighted we have been able to take such a momentous decision today.

“This is another major achievement for all the members of this committee and will have a huge and positive impact on the local community. 

“It is the end result of extensive and thorough consultation with many groups and organisations, including the present school staff and pupils. I am sure that we will be successful in getting the final budget approval in the coming weeks.”

Corporate Asset Manager Alan Paul said that the school was estimated to cost a maximum of £40m which was a cost that had been independently verified, and is in line with the cost of similar projects being undertaken by other Scottish Councils.

“The business case has demonstrated that a new build school is the best option for Dunfermline High School. The new school will be built on the site of the existing school playing fields.

“Put simply the new school would be built in three phases, with an estimated completion date of autumn 2012. The first phase would create a secure building site with its own access, phase two would involve construction of the new school building whilst the final phase would demolish the existing school buildings and provide new playing fields.

“We will keep one building from the present school which will be refurbished to provide a dining room for the adjacent St Leonards Primary School.”

Alan added that access to the existing training pool for pupils and community users would be maintained until either the refurbishment of Carnegie Leisure Centre was complete or new school had opened.

Sports facilities at the new school will be state of the art and also available for community use including: a full sports hall, two gyms, all weather and grass pitches, and a dance studio. The committee agreed the report and recommended the Policy, Finance and Asset Management Committee approve the funding for the new school.

For more information contact

Alan Paul, Senior Manager (Property Services) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 04 64 Contact Alan Paul online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

Douglas Chapman, Councillor 
Contact Douglas Chapman online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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