Members of the public can help mark a new era for Jedburgh by voting for the new name of the town’s new Intergenerational Community Campus.
Votes can be cast online at:
now until Sunday 30 June, with the following choices available:
The project remains on course to open in spring 2020, with a behind the scenes video now available to show the excellent progress made so far.
The main building for the campus is wind and watertight to allow the internal works to get into full swing. This includes an open plaza entrance with access to community facilities such as a library, café and drop-in area.
The 2G and 3G sports pitches are almost completed, as is the rural skills area. These facilities, alongside a multi-use games area, 100m running track and external changing pavilion will all be available for community use.
Construction has also provided community benefits with local firms RJT Excavations and John Laidlaw & Son working on the campus.
Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said:
“This is one of the most significant and innovative projects of its kind ever taken forward by the Council. As a result, engagement has been absolutely critical to ensure the Jedburgh public is kept fully involved in what will be an impressive learning estate for the whole community to use.
“Engagement helped the campus get the go-ahead, with consultations held with the community, staff and pupils in 2017 which found huge support for the campus proposal.
“We have since had a Doors Open Day event which was sold out in March, as well as staff and pupil visits to the site and further community information sessions about the facilities available.
“We have also had a public appeal for ideas for the name of the new campus, which saw over 80 entries from the community received, before the creation of a shortlist for the public can now vote on.
“I look forward to seeing what name the public decide upon, and further progress on this exciting new asset for Jedburgh.”
Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People said:
“This will be the start of an exciting new era for Jedburgh, with the campus not only providing state-of-the-art provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children alongside further education but a host of community facilities.”
The Council is taking forward the facility – which will replace the current Grammar School and Howdenburn and Parkside primaries – alongside development partner Hub South East Scotland and appointed main contractor BAM Construction.
Scott Brown, Hub South East’s Project Director, added:
“Construction on site is progressing well and Jedburgh’s new learning campus is really taking shape.
“It’s been great to see the community engaging with the project – from attending information sessions to visiting the site recently at a busy Doors Open Day.
“I’m sure this enthusiasm for involvement will continue as people vote on the building’s new name and we look forward to finding out what is most popular locally.”
Bruce Dickson, Regional Director at BAM Construction, added:
“The opportunity to name the school is a great legacy opportunity and demonstrates the strength of the bond between this building and its community.
“Our site team has been massively impressed by the huge enthusiasm for this project in Jedburgh which is only growing as the campus buildings take shape.
“We feel genuinely privileged to be a part of this story.”
The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in August 2017, as one of four projects to share £28m from the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.