The first phase of construction on Forfar’s new community campus is set to begin this month, councillors have been told.
Members of Angus Council’s policy and resources committee were updated on the project at their recent meeting and were told that Financial Close on the scheme is also due to be completed in December.
In his report, Gordon Cargill, service manager (Transforming Angus), said: “In the event it appears this will not be achieved, it may be possible to enter into an advance works agreement with Hubco. This would allow the main works to commence on site in advance of financial close and minimise any delay to the project timetable.
“There has been extensive dialogue with Hubco regarding the cost of the project in order to mitigate the increased costs. While design development has progressed to meet the needs of users, the updated total estimated out-turn cost, based on Hubco’s Stage 2 Submission, is £38.44 million. This is £0.606 million less than the previously reported estimate.”
As well as a state of the art secondary school the campus, at the Forfar Academy site, will incorporate substantial community sports facilities comprising swimming pool, sports hall, dance studio, all-weather and grass pitches.
The first phase construction is expected to take two years, with pupils and staff moving to the new building over the Christmas/new year period of 2016/17. Phase 2, the demolition of the old school and external works, is expected to take eight months up to September 2017.
Mr Cargill added: “There has been significant consultation with a range of stakeholders in order to refine the design and specification to this stage. It is also proposed to develop a programme of staff engagement activities to progress with the transition from a ‘school’ to a ‘community campus’ environment.
“Similar engagement with community groups will also be arranged in due course.”