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Towering ambitions for the arts

Work on contracts worth pound;5.7 million for three major educational arts developments, including a state-of-the-art development at Stevenson College in Edinburgh, is due to begin this month.

The pound;3.5 million music and drama development at Stevenson comprises a purpose-built performance, recital and rehearsal space. The new music and performance arts centre will offer courses in drama, music, fitness and dance and is expected to attract students from a large catchment area.

The two other projects are a pound;1 million Skillset Screen Academy centre at Napier University's Merchiston campus and pound;1.2 million in fabric repairs to Napier's Craiglockart building.

The screen academy with be a first for Scotland and one of only seven in the UK. It is a joint initiative between Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art and will form part of the Skillset Screen Academy Network - a UK-wide group of centres of excellence in film education and training.

The B-listed Craiglockart building was once a hospital for officers recovering from shell shock during the First World War and included the war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon among its patients.

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