Dumbarton Academy

  • The new Dumbarton Academy building
  • Construction of the new school is complete
  • The rear of the new Dumbarton Academy

Lead Partner: West Dunbartonshire Council

Project Team: BAM Construction Keppie KJ Tait

Project History
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  • The site of the new school in Dumbarton
  • The site of the new school in Dumbarton
  • Dumbarton Academy construction commences
  • The site of the new school in Dumbarton
  • Dumbarton Academy construction has started
  • Build of the new Dumbarton Academy
  • The rear of the buildings
  • The new Dumbarton Academy build
  • The new Dumbarton Academy
  • The new Dumbarton Academy, rear


Old Kilpatrick to Dumbarton, Dumbarton


The new school building has opened welcoming approximately 700 pupils into 57 bright modern classrooms on a campus measuring 10,518m2 - large enough to fit 447 double decker buses.

Part of the school will be used for vocational classes, which are an essential part of Curriculum for Excellence. Pupils will benefit from having a hairdressing studio and construction area on site which will prevent pupils travelling to college to learn these skills.

Classrooms are brightly decorated and designed to meet every requirement of modern teaching with open-plan study areas, study booths for individuals and a modern library equipped with a selection of educational material.

BAM Construction used twin wall precast concrete to build the school instead of steel and brick. As well as increasing the quality of the structure this has also saved time and enabled the school to be built in just 62 weeks - the quickest secondary school ever built in Scotland.

The school is also on target for a BREEAM Excellent Award for good use of  energy saving measures such as solar panels. The building is environmentally responsible and energy efficient which also includes a number of renewable technologies such as photo voltaic cells, solar/thermal hot water heating and a biomass boiler"

Once complete the site will also include a 'Walk of Life' timeline of the school's history etched into the path leading to the entrance; a fitness trail around the playground featuring outdoor gym equipment; a music garden outdoor performance area with seating for 30-40 people, and a school garden offering outdoor dining areas. There will also be two flood-lit all-weather pitches, a grass pitch and a 100m running track.



Current status:

The new school was completed and opened for the start of the 2013 autumn session.


2012 - 2013