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New Menzieshill primary school goes over budget

New school Image copyright Dundee City Council
Image caption The new school will accommodate about 650 pupils

A new primary school and nursery in Dundee has gone almost £500,000 over budget, the council has said.

The two-storey building for Menzieshill is now likely to cost about £13.2m to build.

Councillors will be told next week that the additional £484,000 needed can be funded by additional borrowing.

The increased costs are down to the "abnormal" level of site works, including the need for more robust foundations, according to the council.

The school is being built by contractors Wilmott Dixon Construction Limited.

Will Dawson, convener of Dundee City Council's city development committee, said the contract had been let in a "rigorous and thorough way".

"The additional expenditure is made up of an abnormal level of site works, including retaining walls, screening of previous demolition materials and the need for more robust foundations," he said.

"It also includes items that were not covered in the original budget. For example, photo-voltaic panels, a multi-use games area pitch for the school and the community and improvements to Dickson Avenue and Earn Crescent."

The council's education committee said pupils, parents and staff would see a "huge improvement" to facilities when the new building is finished.

The new school will have a roll of about 650 pupils. and is expected to be completed by August 2017. Work starts at the site in the spring.

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