Nine new schools in Scotland will be built as part of the Smarter Schools regeneration scheme

Support services group Amey and consultant Cyril Sweett are leading a £100m project to build nine new schools in Dumfries and Galloway.

Cyril Sweett director Ken Gill said: "The Smarter Schools project represents an important and exciting opportunity to deliver state-of-the art schools in the region.”

The consortium the Education for Dumfries and Galloway (E4D&G) will take on the project once approval is granted by the Scottish Executive.

The PPP project will regenerate the area’s schools estate.

Dean Webster Cyril Sweett’s chief executive
Dean Webster Cyril Sweett’s chief executive

Primary schools in Castle Douglas, Heathhall, Kirkcudbright, Lockerbie and Thornhill, as well as a Dumfries RC school, are part of the plans. Secondaries in Thornhill and Lockerbie are included in the project.

Work on each school will be done on a phased basis but with several schools being constructed simultaneously.

Construction is scheduled to start in October 2007. The first new school to be opened is expected to be completed in the summer of 2009.

Gill added: “This reinforces Cyril Sweett's commitment to the education sector and we are continually developing our services and resource base to ensure that our skills remain recognised as the industry benchmark."