Contractor appointed for build of ‘state-of-the-art’ campus in Scottish Borders

MORRISON Construction has been appointed to deliver an education, medical, and community campus in Earlston.

The firm will deliver the building on behalf of the Scottish Borders Council with Hub South East overseeing the works. It will incorporate a new Earlston Primary School, adjoining medical practice, library, and multi-use community facility.

Consisting of a two-storey education block and a single-storey pavilion housing the health centre, a central shared reception will link the two buildings and include a community library, café, and multi-use shared space.

Situated on the site of the old school, the new building will also boast ‘high quality’ external spaces for play and community use with improved access routes installed to provide safer routes connecting children with their homes and the school.

David Ewing, MD of Morrison Construction Building Central, commented, “We are delighted to be working once again with Scottish Borders Council and our long-term partners at Hub South East. We have a strong track record in producing multi-disciplinary developments such as this one at Earlston, which are absolutely vital to deliver services for local people.

“We look forward to working with the community and all the stakeholders involved to create fantastic new facilities that serve the needs of all the different user groups for years to come.”

Roddy Clark, Hub South East’s operations director, added, “Hub South East is proud to continue its positive working relationship with Scottish Borders Council, following the delivery of the award winning Jedburgh Grammar Campus. Together, we’re currently developing inspiring learning estate in both Galashiels and Peebles and this new project in Earlston is further demonstrable evidence of our successful partnership.

“This is an exciting development including education, health and community facilities in one modern campus. We look forward to working with Morrison Construction to make these plans, at the heart of the community in Earlston, a reality and we would encourage locals to attend the upcoming meeting to find out more.”

Councillor Leagh Douglas, executive member for education and lifelong learning, said, “The appointment of Morrison Construction is an important milestone in the progression of this major development which will completely transform and modernise the education, medical and community facilities on offer in Earlston.

“As a council we are extremely familiar with Morrison Construction through their involvement as tier 1 contractor for Galashiels Community Campus. This coupled with their experience delivering high quality projects of a similar scale made them the standout option.

“As the Earlston project progresses at pace, we are extremely keen to engage once again with the public on the approved plans and receive their feedback. The arranged public in-person meeting held in the school hall will provide that perfect opportunity and I would encourage as many members of the community as possible to attend.”