CONSTRUCTION of a “world class” primary school in the Borders will start next week.

The £16.6 million plans for Earlston include an early years facility, as well as community spaces.

The initial development will consist of a two-storey education block and reception which includes a community library, a café and multi-use shared spaces.

Selkirkshire councillor Leagh Douglas, executive member for education and lifelong learning said: “Confirmation that construction work on the new Earlston Community Campus will commence on Monday is extremely welcome news.

“This facility will be transformational in terms of the education and community benefits it will provide – helping bring the local community closer together and giving our young people the best start in life.”

In a report to council in May it was agreed to proceed with the construction of the campus without the planned adjoining the health centre due to cost pressures.

NHS Borders remains committed to delivering the facility but as a result of higher than anticipated costs it will need to “consider fully the affordability, timescales and funding related to the project”, according to a council spokesperson.

Situated on the site of the old school, the new building will boast improved access to provide safer routes connecting children with their homes.

Enabling works at the site were undertaken earlier in the year allowing for the new build to begin.

Source: Border Telegraph

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