An historic day for Newbattle

The state-of-the-art community hub and high school will provide high quality facilities for the local community, teachers and pupils.

The building, being delivered by the council’s development partner, Hub South East, and its appointed contractor, Morrison Construction, is expected to open in 2018 and will hold up to 1200 pupils.

After doing the sod cutting honours, Councillor Bob Constable, the council’s cabinet member for education, said: “This is an exciting and historic day in the development of the new Newbattle campus.

“The replacement for the school has been much anticipated. As a council, we want to make sure we have a school and community facility that exceeds the requirements of today’s Curriculum for Excellence. We also want to provide great sport and leisure facilities that will benefit the school and the wider community.”

The building on the site of the Mayfield Complex will be 15,714sqm. As well as a 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 centre, work on which had been delayed because of European accounting issues, is being paid for with joint money from the council and through the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Schools for the Future Programme.

?Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance could not attend but sent her congratulations. She said:

 “Today is an exciting milestone for the new campus. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Midlothian Council to help improve its school estate and I’m pleased we could provide around £19 million in funding towards this project through our Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. Newbattle Campus will provide a modern environment for pupils to learn in and fantastic new facilities for the whole community to enjoy.”

Richard Park, Operations Director, Hub South East , Midlothian Council’s development partner, said: “It’s fantastic to reach the major milestone of construction in the development of the Newbattle Centre and we look forward to working with Midlothian Council to deliver a first-class, modern new high school, designed to meet the needs of pupils, staff and the local community.

“I’m especially excited to see this Hub project is already delivering community benefits such as work placements and training opportunities, and I’m delighted that these are benefiting local people in the Midlothian area.”

Jeff Thornton, Construction Manager for Morrison Construction, said: “This is an exciting new development for the communities of Mayfield, Easthouses, Newtongrange and Gorebridge, and Morrison Construction is delighted to be a part of it.

“The Newbattle Centre will provide a fantastic, modern environment for the community to enjoy and a stimulating learning environment for both staff and pupils.”

David MacDonald, Hub Programme Director at Scottish Futures Trust, explained: “The Hub programme is an innovative approach to develop and deliver best-value community facilities which provides public bodies with a quick, efficient and value for money way of getting their projects into construction and helps secure and sustain local employment.  

“I’m naturally delighted to see construction underway on the Newbattle Centre and look forward to seeing pupils and the community benefit when it opens.”

Head teacher Colin Taylor joined head boy and head girl, Cian Armstrong and Abby Mellon along with S1 pupil Lisa Macrae and S2 pupil Craig Mellon at the special ceremony.

Mr Taylor said: “This is a very special day, not just for the school, but for all the communities it serves.

"The centre will provide a fantastic lifelong learning environment for all and a great sport and leisure facility for local people to enjoy."

The picture shows Cian Armstrong, Abby Mellon, Lisa Macrae, Craig Mellon, Richard Park, Councillor Bob Constable, Colin Taylor and Jeff Thornton.

12 Feb 2016