South Scotland

Works begins on £10m Galashiels primary school project

Langlee Primary School Image copyright Scottish Borders Council
Image caption The new school should be opened by summer next year

Work has officially started on a new £10m school project in the Scottish Borders.

Pupils Alfie Miller and Faye Kennedy carried out the sod cutting at Langlee Primary in Galashiels.

The three-storey school, being built by McLaughlin and Harvey, will have 14 classrooms, a nursery, an adjoining special needs centre and a sports hall.

The current building will be demolished to make way for the new school which is due to open in summer 2017.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison said: "Langlee's current school has served generations of children in Galashiels since being built in 1958.

"However, a new building is now clearly needed and I am delighted to see work start on-site.

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Image caption Pupils Alfie Miller and Faye Kennedy carried out the sod-cutting at the school site

"The school is important not just to the Langlee community but the whole of Galashiels. I hope it will be a major asset which is well used by pupils as well as local organisations and groups."

McLaughlin and Harvey have previously worked with Scottish Borders Council (SBC) on a number of projects, including the refurbishment of the former Kingsland Primary School in Peebles now occupied by Halyrude Primary.

The firm also completed the extension to Newlands Primary School in 2011 as well as the extensive work at Heriot-Watt University's Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels and Glentress Peel Visitor Centre.

Construction director Michael Kieran said: "We are delighted to have secured this contract and look forward to working closely with SBC, the design team and staff of Langlee Primary School to deliver this superb new facility in Galashiels."

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