Dunoon Primary School has been shortlisted for a national Learning Places Scotland Award, bringing the total number of finalists from Argyll and Bute Council up to three.
The school has undergone a thorough refurbishment as part of a £10.7 million investment by the Council, including £5.08 million funding from the Scottish Government, to transform it into a school fit for the 21st Century, whilst maintaining its listed building status.
Now the refurbishment has made the final of the Learning Places Scotland Awards, alongside the council’s education and property services teams, who have been have been shortlisted for two awards for their work in delivering 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in the area.
The Dunoon refurbishment was carried out in partnership with hub North Scotland, Morrison Construction and Ryder Architecture, and saw the school’s capacity rise to 300 pupils and 30 early learning and childcare places. It also houses a new family centre, gym hall, library, early learning and childcare centre, and staff accommodation.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, expressed her delight at the announcement: “To have two projects shortlisted for a national award is wonderful but three – that’s outstanding.
“Dunoon Primary is a fantastic state of the art facility that has enriched the learning experience for our children and young people. It has provided our teachers with a bright, airy environment to work in and I have no doubt that the changes carried out are enabling pupils to realise their full potential.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the project, from the architects and builders, to our teachers and children. This project has been a joint effort and I wish you the best of luck in these awards.”