Newbattle High School work put on hold

Artist's impressions of Newbattle Centre
Artist's impressions of Newbattle Centre

Work due to start on the replacement Newbattle High School this month has been put on hold due to an EU ruling on hub projects.

Council Leader Councillor Owen Thompson expressed disappointment today (Thursday) that building work on the replacement for Newbattle Community High School and community hub will be delayed.

He explained: “We know local people, from pupils to teachers, residents and other stakeholders, are just as keen as we are to get started.

“However, a European ruling on how some investment projects, including the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) programmes - of which Newbattle is one - are classified will mean a delay.

“We know the SFT and the Scottish Government are working very hard to come up with a solution and we’re optimistic that this issue will be sorted out as soon as possible and our community facility will soon be underway again.

“We will keep local people up-to-date with progress just as soon as we have any news.”

Plans for new schools at both Roslin and Paradykes are affected by the same issue. However, we are continuing with the consultation and design process to help keep these projects on track.

The council’s development partner, Hub South East Scotland Ltd, is delivering the project and it has appointed Morrison Construction as the main contractor.

As well as a state of the art high school, local people will benefit from a new library, gym, swimming pool, sports facilities (including all weather pitch) and a range of community facilities on campus. The building will sit in playing fields adjacent to the current building.