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Fife College has received approval from the Scottish Government to go-ahead with the next phase of a project to provide a net-zero college building.

This building is said to be the first net-zero tertiary education building in Scotland.

Planned to be opened by the third quarter of 2024, the new net-zero campus will be built on a 58-acre site in the eastern expansion area of Dunfermline.

Estimated to cost £100m, the new building will provide low carbon, modern, flexible learning space for students.

It forms part of the proposed Dunfermline Learning Campus, an integrated and collaborative venture.

The venture is intended to relocate Fife College’s Dunfermline Campus, St Columba’s RC High School and Woodmill High School to a purpose-built new campus.

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Fife College principal Dr Hugh Hall said: “Not only do we want it to provide world-class facilities for our students, but we want the building itself to reflect the latest developments in low carbon construction.

“That’s why we’ve worked with the Scottish Government to go beyond net zero and ensure that our new campus has a long-term positive effect on emissions.

“The extra funding we’ve received will enable us to achieve our environmental ambitions, and to deliver the first tertiary education building in the UK that meets these standards.”

Balfour Beatty will construct the project while Gardiner Theobald will provide project management services.

To deliver the campus project, the college will also work with Reiach and Hall (Architects), Horner & Maclennan (Landscape Architects), Woolgar Hunter (Civils and Structures) and Atelier 10 (Mechanical and Electrical).

The project received funding from the Scottish Government to ensure it meets net-zero targets, offset carbon dioxide emissions and deliver carbon reductions upon completion.