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Conference 22


Dunfermline Learning Campus

16 Nov 2022
Stage 1

Dunfermline Learning Campus

The development of the new £250m Dunfermline Learning Campus has been exciting and action packed! The campus will be home to 2500 approx. school pupils and young people as well as approx. 2000 college students and adult learners. Dunfermline Learning Campus will be home to two secondary schools (Woodmill HS and St. Columba's RC HS), Fife College’s Dunfermline Campus plus a university centre and state of the art community facilities.

Our vision for Dunfermline Learning Campus is appropriately ambitious; it’s to create a unique, high quality, low carbon and digitally enabled learning environment in West Fife.

This unique proposition will create a community of learners of all ages who will benefit from the many opportunities presented by all three education sectors working closely and collaboratively together on a single campus. The benefits will include:

  • greater potential for more creative and innovative approaches to learning particularly through the exploitation of technology;
  • more flexible use of resources, more effective development and deployment of staff and an innovative approach to timetabling
  • opportunities to work seamlessly across our secondary schools and college to provide a relevant, coherent and integrated curriculum for all learners at all levels;
  • provision of more flexible learning, linked to employability and tailored to socio economic needs. This applies to those who are preparing for the world of work for the first time as well as those returning to learning to reskill or upskill.
  • greater flexibility in the senior phase to better meet the needs of all young people. Enhancing the opportunities to make informed choices and develop the required skills to enter a fast-moving labour market predicated on digital skills, enterprise skills, transferable skills and the ability and resilience to adapt.
  • strengthening of the senior phase with greater and deeper college/university involvement in school, supported by increased collaboration at earlier stages
  • greater articulation from college through an expansion of associate student models and development of new models, supported by more new and innovative modes of delivery starting in the senior phase

As plans for the campus began to take shape, COVID hit and we all had to adapt our approaches to the governance, design and delivery of this large and complex project whilst maintaining pace and focus. We have also embraced our net zero carbon obligations. To do all this we had to develop a new series of approaches, including in relation to design development, ‘team DLC’ interaction and stakeholder engagement. On our journey, we have also had to overcome hyperinflation and volatility in the construction market by developing new approaches to the management of cost, risk and supply chain engagement.

The successful navigation of these challenges has allowed us to remain on track to deliver a truly world class learning campus which is due to open its doors in 2024.

The presentation will include:

Background and Overview - Fife Council and Fife College:

  • An Integrated Learning Campus
  • Outcomes and benefits
  • Funding model
  • Joint governance
  • Key challenges

Design and Development of an integrated learning campus - Design and Delivery Teams

  • Shared Masterplan
  • Design Guide and ‘Design Guardian’
  • Designing and developing an Integrated Campus
  • Designing for Net zero/ Low Carbon
  • Shared infrastructure and delivery of joint enabling works 


Stephen Long, Senior Associate Director - Scottish Futures Trust
Alan Paul, Senior Manager, Property Services - Fife Council
Louise Playford, Service Manager - Fife Council
Angela Pllu, Environment & Sustainability Manager - Balfour Beatty
Stuart Bryson, Regional Director - AHR
Robert Hopkins, Director & Head of Sustainability - AHR
David Logue, Partner - Gardiner & Theobald
John Lewthwaite, Director of Estates and Facilities - Fife College
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