New Harris Academy rises from the old

A panoramic view of the construction site.
A panoramic view of the construction site.

The new £31 million Harris Academy is rising from the site of the old as work continues apace on the landmark Dundee site.

The shell of the new school is appearing on the tiered landscape, visible evidence of the striking new structure that will dominate the city’s western approach.

Demolition of the old Harris was completed at the start of this year and contractors Robertson Construction excavated and prepared the site to lay the foundations for the new building.

Helped by the fine weather, the team have made good progress and major parts of the new structure are now in place.

The new Harris features a courtyard with breathtaking views across the Tay to Fife but original features of the 1931 building, such as clock tower and the stone entrance portico, are being retained and reused.

It is on schedule for completion in 2016, providing accommodation for 1,200 pupils.

The project is funded by the Scottish Futures Trust and Dundee City Council, and Robertson Construction are giving training and employment positions to the community on the site.

Harris pupils, who until the new school is ready are being taught on the Rockwell campus, are using the project for curriculum support activities to enrich their learning and understanding of the construction industry as well as the career options it offers.