New Kelso High School given go-ahead

Published: Friday, 27th November 2015

Construction on the £21.4million new Kelso High School has been given the go-ahead.

The Scottish Government made an announcement about the European ruling affecting ten schools and two health centres across the country has been resolved.

Construction set to start in 2016

Construction work is now expected to begin at Nethershot on Angraflat Road in early 2016.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Education

“I am pleased that the issues which have held back the new Kelso High School have finally been settled.

“It has been a frustrating period for everyone associated with the school including the wider community, and the people of Kelso should be thanked for their patience during this time.

“The new school will include grass and synthetic sports pitches and community facilities, which will provide health and educational benefits for not just generations of schoolchildren but the whole town.”

Contractors for new Kelso High School

Kelso High School is being delivered in partnership with Hub South East Scotland and its appointed contractor, Morrison Construction.

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland

“This is excellent news and we will now proceed as quickly as possible to financial close on Kelso High School, paving the way for our Tier 1 Contractor - Morrison Construction - to begin work on site.

“I would like to praise the strong team effort in resolving the issue and we look forward to working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to deliver a first-class, modern new high school, designed to meet the needs of pupils, staff and the local community.”