New STEM Teaching Facilities Complete

New STEM Teaching Facilities Complete

We are delighted that the new STEM teaching facilities at Dumfries and Galloway College are now complete and are ready to welcome students when it is safe to do so.

As the lead of a multi-disciplinary design team, we were awarded the contract in 2018.

The project has seen the creation of three new teaching hubs, providing sector leading facilities for the delivery of STEM subjects with close engagement between further education and industry, to a rural population base. Two hubs are located at Dumfries, one focusing on Care and the other on Renewable Technologies. The hub located at Stranraer focuses on Engineering subjects.

Each project had unique and innovative requirements, including a dementia care training facility in the Care Hub, which involved a significant amount of client engagement, research and also very effective collaboration with colleagues from Oberlanders’ healthcare team. There was also extensive use of renewable energy technologies in the Renewables Hub and state of the art vehicle engineering workshops at Stranraer, which both required engagement with a number of industry partners.  The Hub at Stranraer is a bold, contemporary new extension within the main landscaped courtyard of the campus. The Dumfries facility takes a similarly bold design approach, responding to its’ prominent location immediately next to the main entrance to the College.

The project was not without its challenges, not least, ensuring completion within very tight funding and programme constraints and in the midst of a global pandemic. Throughout the project we provided the College with proactive, constructive and dedicated support and have delivered buildings that have significantly exceeded the client’s initial aspirations. We are therefore immensely proud of the feedback from Billy Currie, the College’s Head of Corporate Services “I wanted the wow factor and we got it 10 times over.”