Sod-cutting marks official start of campus project

Keith Brown is pictured with local councillors cutting the first sod.

Keith Brown is pictured with local councillors cutting the first sod.

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Work on Forfar’s new £38 million community campus began officially on Friday with a short ceremony at the construction site.

The first sod was cut by Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities who praised the scheme which will replace Forfar Academy, Forfar Swimming Pool and Lochside Leisure Centre.

It is being developed by Angus Council in partnership with the Hub East Central Scotland which the local authority can use to deliver community projects.

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, said: “We have worked closely with Angus Council to reach this key milestone and look forward to delivering modern, high-quality facilities that will meet the needs of the community. This project is a shining example of our focus on the delivery on sustainable community facilities, using our expertise to achieve best value.”

Kevin Dickson, regional managing director with contractors Robertson Group, said that when complete the new facility will bring benefits to the Forfar community for generations.

He added: “It is a privilege for Robertson to be involved in such an important project for the area and we are looking forward to working with our partners and the local community as the new campus takes shape.”

The new building will welcome pupils and the wider community in February 2017.