Mine workings fail to hit Newbattle High School plans

Proposed site of the new Newbattle Community High School.
Proposed site of the new Newbattle Community High School.

Councillors have heard that the replacement Newbattle High School remains on time and on budget despite the discovery of mine works on site.

An investigation has recommended that the area underneath the site be grouted – at a cost of £500,000 – in order to stabilise existing mine workings before building work starts.

Councillors were told at last week’s council meeting that this will be offset by savings elsewhere on the project, including the change of external lighting to LED lighting and less CCTV coverage.

The council’s development partner, Hub South East Scotland, should start stage two of the build process shortly, which involves developing more detailed designs.

As well as a state-of-the-art high school, the £32 million hub will house a new library, gym, swimming pool and sports facilities for community use.

Council leader Owen Thompson (SNP): “Taken together with the newly-opened Lasswade Centre, the Newbattle Centre represents a total investment of nearly £70 million in school and community facilities and an ambitious statement of intent in terms of delivering world class facilities.”

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