Argyll and Bute Council has announced plans to create a special STEM hub in Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula, about 45 kilometres northwest of Glasgow.
The Council has appointed architects Anderson, Bell and Christie to lead the transformation of the former Hill Street office in Dunoon. Funding partners include the Clyde Mission Fund, Crown Estate Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council.
The council hopes that the new facility, the first of its kind in Argyll and Bute, will help young people looking to enhance their STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills. It will boast state-of-the-art digital technology, and will be open to students in local schools and colleges. The design team is developing plans for reconfiguring the building’s interior into a training hub with science labs, work stations and meeting spaces.
Construction will start in summer 2022, subject to planning consent.
‘Dunoon is leading the way with this first STEM facility for Argyll and Bute,’ said Councillor Robin Currie, the policy lead for the economy and rural growth. ‘Developing an easy-to-access local hub will help young people develop their computer, digital and technical skills, and build on future career ambitions.’
‘STEM subjects form an important part of our everyday lives and, as our young people grow, there will be an increased demand for industry professionals in these subjects,’ he continued. ‘We are committed to providing the best start possible for our young people and want to create job opportunities that harness home grown-talent and expertise.’