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14 December 2022

Robertson Construction Tayside Supports Early Learning and Childcare in Dundee

Two new nurseries in Dundee were officially opened in the last week.

Robertson Construction Tayside was the contractor of choice for the delivery for both the £4m Coldside and £2.5m Baluniefield Nurseries, which opened their doors to children last year to assist Dundee City Council in its drive to almost double young children's entitlement to early learning and childcare (ELC).

The decision was taken to delay the official opening celebrations until covid restrictions were moved in order that the local community could take part.

Both are single storey purpose built facilities and are part of a programme of refurbishments and new builds to add to existing facilities to ensure that all eligible children in Dundee are now able to access expanded ELC across the City.

Lord Provost Bill Campbell, said: "These facilities are more than just buildings.

"Coldside and Baluniefield Nurseries provide well designed and carefully considered spaces for children to explore and learn both indoors and outdoors.

"The dedicated staff support and nurture children as they explore and discover, and also importantly work closely with families as well.

"Both nurseries are nurturing and welcoming and you can feel the pride shown by everyone connected with them.

"I have been delighted to perform the official opening ceremonies."

Kevin Dickson, Regional Managing Director, Robertson Construction Tayside, said: "It been my pleasure to represent our team today at the official openings. Having assisted Dundee City Council over a number of years in the delivery of an enhanced education portfolio, we are a proud trusted partner.

"These learning environments will give the children of Dundee an excellent start to their education, and we have a great pride in providing a quality building for it to be delivered in. "

Children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: "Our nurseries are receiving impressive inspection reports, and we have recruited and trained a workforce with the skills to support children who are capable, rich in resourcefulness and full of potential."

L- R: Paul Fleming, head of education, Dundee City Council; Kevin Dickson, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Tayside and Lord Provost Bill Campbell

L-R; Heather Ross Head Teacher; Cllr Stewart Hunter, children and families convener, Dundee City Council,; Lord Provost Bill Campbell; Audrey May, children and families executive director, Dundee City Council and Kevin Dickson, regional manging director, Robertson Construction Tayside