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Construction of new Borders school set to start

Main contractor BAM Construction will commence construction this Autumn on the new Peebles High School in the Scottish Borders.

At a recent meeting of the Council, councillors unanimously agreed to proceed with the construction phase of the school build with a date for breaking ground to be confirmed.

Enabling works have been ongoing at the school site since late last year and are nearing completion.

Since a devastating fire in 2019, an extension to the existing sports block, including new changing rooms and gymnasium, has been completed in time for the start of the new academic year and is being used by the school students.

Councillor Simon Mountford, Executive Member for Estate Management and Planning said: “The reality of a new school for Peebles following the devastating fire of 2019 feels closer than ever and I’m sure members of the school community and residents of the wider area will be as delighted as I am to know that construction of the main building will begin this year.

“It’s absolutely imperative that we deliver this school on time and that students and local residents alike can benefit from this state-of-the-art multi-functional facility.”

Scott Brown, Projects Director for Hub South East said: “I’d like to congratulate all parties involved in the successful handover of the sports block extension, which was ready for pupils to use on their recent return to school.

“We’re excited to be progressing to the next stage in this development and look forward to completing the remaining enabling works and starting main works on site. This project will deliver a new inspiring learning space for pupils and will be an asset for the wider local community, further cementing the strong partnership between Hub South East and our partners in Scottish Borders Council.”

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