South Scotland

Building work due to begin on £21.4m Kelso High School

Kelso High School Image copyright Scottish Borders Council
Image caption Work on building Kelso High School was delayed by a European ruling on funding

Work on a new multi-million pound secondary school in Kelso is finally due to start in the next few weeks, after a lengthy delay.

Scottish Borders Council had hoped to begin construction of the £21.4m Kelso High School scheme last summer.

However, it was one of a number of projects put on hold following a European ruling over funding. The issue was eventually resolved in November.

The local authority has confirmed that building work is due to begin soon.

The school is expected to open in Autumn 2017.

'Final hurdle'

Councillor Sandy Aitchison said: "The reaching of financial close is the final hurdle for this long-awaited school project.

"The existing school building has served generations of pupils in Kelso and the surrounding area well, but the need for a state-of-the-art facility for the community is apparent.

"I look forward to seeing the first sod cut to mark the official start of construction of the new Kelso High School."

The school at Nethershot on Angraflat Road will include new grass and synthetic sports pitches as well as community facilities.

Morrison Construction has been appointed to build the school by the council and its development partner, Hub South East Scotland.

Image copyright Scottish Borders Council
Image caption Scottish Borders Council have published new artists' impressions of the inside of the new school
Image copyright Scottish Borders Council
Image caption The new school will also have new sports pitches and community facilities

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