UPDATE4th February 2017 - the structure is progressing wit the sports hall (left) taking shape, and the teaching block (right) in a more advanced state and now getting windows and cladding. Below is a picture taken by Alex Watson. (click on the picture for an enlarged version)
1st January 2017 - an overview of our site from Midlothian Aerial Photography showing the progress made with the car park and teaching block, and with the sport and leisure block beginning to take shape (click on the picture for an enlarged version)
7th November 2016 - the steel structure is now almost complete and the floors are going in place (click on the picture for an enlarged version)
26th September 2016 - the steel structure is now being built. Below is a picture taken by Alex Watson.
17th June 2016 - ground work is progressing. Below is an aerial picture of the site taken at the end of May.
UPDATE12th February 2016 - the new build is officially underway: the turf cutting ceremony has taken place (pictured)! Read more here.
On 26th September 2012, Mike Russell (then Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning) visited Newbattle and announced that Newbattle would be one of 30 schools across Scotland to receive funding for a new school building. The development is being part-funded by the Scottish Government, which is contributing £17million towards this £35million project. Midlothian Council is financing the rest. This project is being delivered in partnership with Hub South East, the council’s development partner and its appointed contractor, Morrison Construction.
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 site for the new Newbattle Centre was chosen in February 2013 and is on the fields at the Mayfield Complex, Easthouses, opposite the current building. Since 2013, school and council staff have been working closely with architects, contractors and Midlothian Council staff on the design of the new building.
In early 2015, the architect's drawings of the planned design of the new school were released. The images show:
the entrance and teaching block (left)
the teaching block (centre)
the community block (which will house the school PE department, library, community sport and leisure facilities (including Gym and swimming pool) and community rooms.
The members of school staff with lead responsibility for the new school building are Colin Taylor, Head Teacher, and David Watkins, New Build Co-ordinator. Mr Taylor and Mr Watkins can be contacted through the school.
See a fly-through of the new school building below:
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