Pupils from the former Gowriehill and Hillside primaries, who will attend the new Tayview Primary, got a look behind the scenes of the construction of their £13.2 million school and took the chance to unveil their badge.
The children have helped to choose the name of their new school and assisted with ideas for the logo design. They will move into their school for the start of the new term in August 2017.
We are constructing a two-storey, three-stream primary school designed for an anticipated school roll of 650 pupils. There is also a nursery school for 70 full time equivalent (FTE) three- to five-year-olds, with a separate nursery area for up to 30 (FTE) two year olds.
Vehicle access to the main school car park will be from Dickson Avenue with a pupil drop-off facility and small nursery car park accessed from Earn Crescent, as is the service yard.
The work, carried out by Robertson Tayside, was procured through Scape Group's National Major Works framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions. The project has so far helped to create four new start employment opportunities, five apprenticeships and 13 work experience opportunities for city school pupils during the course of the build.
Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, said: 'It is fantastic that Tayview Primary pupils are being given the opportunity to be so actively involved in the creation of their new school. The opportunity for them to see the construction process first hand is not only an interesting educational experience, but could be just the spark that some of the children need to inspire future careers in construction.
Kevin Dickson, regional managing director, Robertson Tayside, said: 'Work on Tayview Primary is well underway and in addition to providing local employment opportunities, it's great to have pupils involved during the construction process to help shape the identity of their new school.
'The build is nearing the halfway stage and upon completion, Tayview will provide modern, spacious surroundings for pupils and staff to thrive in their education.'
Councillor Stewart Hunter, convener of the City Council's Children and Families Education committee said: 'When this latest new school is completed pupils, parents and staff will see a huge improvement in the facilities and educational environment.
'Continuing investment into our school estate is crucial for the years ahead.
'I am delighted that the pupils of Tayview are here to see how their school is progressing. I am impressed by their team efforts that have resulted in the name for the new school and the impressive badge.''Not only does this project provide a group of young people with invaluable insight into a project that benefits them and their community, it has also offered employment and work experience opportunities to local people - two exemplary ways in which the construction industry can help rectify the ongoing skills crisis.'