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Dumfries set for £200million transformation

Palmerston Park Photo: Press Association

Plans for the £200million transformation of Dumfries that could create hundreds of jobs have been revealed this morning.

The Crichton Trust, which is responsible for or developing the site of a former psychiatric hospital in Dumfries, has teamed up with property developer and investor Jansons Property to deliver the major investment.

Planned developments include:

  • A purpose-built campus for the University of the West of Scotland
  • Two new grandstands and a business park at Queen of the South's Palemerston Park.
  • A research and innovation centre for Dumfries.
  • A museum to display artefacts from the Hunterian Museum, the Crichton Archives and the Dumfries and Galloway collection.
  • 250 purpose-built student residences.
  • A home for the National Centre for Resilience which will drive research into climatic, environmental events and emergency responses.

"We are pleased to be working with the Crichton Trust in taking forward this exciting development, and we will bring together the funding and expertise to deliver appropriate projects for the Crichton and the community of Dumfries and Galloway.”

– Andy Jansons, Managing Director of Jansons Property

Around half of the money has been allocated so far. But now the Crichton Trust is asking people across Dumfries and Galloway to come forward and bid for the rest of the money.

“We are delighted and proud to announce the most compelling and tangible investment opportunity that Dumfries and Galloway region has had in living memory.

“We will deliver truly transformational investment and development in conjunction with Jansons Property and the William Pears Group and know we will be working with a partner who has a long-standing ethos of committing to projects that deliver public benefit. It is a very exciting day for Scotland and the Dumfries and Galloway region which will provide substantial benefit to the local community and creative sustainable well paid jobs at all levels.”

– Rob Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Crichton Trust