HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex has officially opened the £2.1m Newlands Centre - a new community facility in Romanno Bridge in the Scottish Borders designed by Cooper Cromar.
The new centre, which is attached to the existing school, comprises a sports hall, a fully-equipped kitchen with dining areas, a dedicated nursery and playgroup, along with IT, adult learning and library facilities.
The primary school has been redesigned and refurbished into a four classroom school and is accessed directly from the street dividing the existing school from the community hub.
The Practice liaised closely with both local school community parent groups and Scottish Borders Council throughout the duration of the project using funds raised through a successful lottery application to create the facility.
Major John Currie, director of Newlands Community Development Trust, described Prince Edward’s visit as fabulous. He added: “This has been a five-year project, working closely with the council. Here we are today with a brilliant facility. The centre is vibrant, it is working and the community love it. There was previously a small community hall which served the community well, however, it was dated and couldn’t deliver what this facility can deliver.”
Principal teacher Mary Morrison added: “The opening of the centre has given us access to a new gym hall and dining room, which allows cooked meals to be made, whereas previously the food was brought in by bus or taxi. It has also meant we have had a refurbished school with bright colours in every classroom.”