Work begins on new school after hold ups

Replacement Newbattle High School sod cutting.'The picture shows from left to right: Cian Armstrong, Abby Mellon, Lisa Macrae, Craig Mellon, Richard Park, Councillor Bob Constable, Colin Taylor and Jeff Thornton.

Replacement Newbattle High School sod cutting.'The picture shows from left to right: Cian Armstrong, Abby Mellon, Lisa Macrae, Craig Mellon, Richard Park, Councillor Bob Constable, Colin Taylor and Jeff Thornton.

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History was made last Friday when the turf was finally cut to officially start work on the long-awaited £35 million Newbattle Centre.

The state-of-the-art community hub and high school will provide high quality facilities for the local community, teachers and pupils.

After doing the sod cutting honours, Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), cabinet member for education, said: “This is an exciting and historic day in the development of the new Newbattle campus.

“The replacement for the school has been much anticipated. As a council, we want to make sure we have a school and community facility that exceeds the requirements of today’s Curriculum for Excellence. We also want to provide great sport and leisure facilities that will benefit the school and the wider community.”

Headteacher Colin Taylor was joined head boy and head girl, Cian Armstrong and Abby Mellon along with S1 pupil Lisa Macrae and S2 pupil Craig Mellon at the ceremony.

Mr Taylor said: “This is a very special day, not just for the school, but for all the communities it serves.

“The centre will provide a fantastic life long learning environment for all and a great sport and leisure facility for local people to enjoy.”

Jeff Thornton, construction manager for Morrison Construction, said: “This is an exciting new development for the communities of Mayfield, Easthouses, Newtongrange and Gorebridge, and Morrison Construction is delighted to be a part of it. The Newbattle Centre will provide a fantastic, modern environment for the community to enjoy and a stimulating learning environment for staff and pupils.”