Commissioned to replace the existing Grade ‘B’ Listed building and designed for an enhanced role of 800 pupils, the new build Kelso High School is on schedule for a site start in January 2015 with completion in time for the new Autumn term in late 2016.
As a development of the learning hub concept where teaching facilities are arranged efficiently around a central atrium space, the school and sports complex is intentionally designed to appear as a single building providing a civic presence within the historic town.
The extensive green field site borders the Kelso Racetrack, the Kelso Golf Course and Angraflat Road the main access link to the town centre. Two synthetic pitches, a grass rugby pitch, an all-weather sprint track, a school garden and various outdoor teaching spaces will complement the impressive educational and social facilities being created as part of this £22m investment in the thriving Borders town.
As an SFT ‘bundled’ project, together with The Newbattle Centre in Midlothian, Kelso High School forms a significant part of the second phase of the £1.25bn Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) Schools for the Future programme being delivered by Cooper Cromar following on from the successful completion of Eastwood High School and The Lasswade Centre.