The doors of Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus were opened to the public as the innovative facility marked one year to go until completion.
The project took part in Open Doors Day this month, giving over 50 members of the public the chance to see how the campus is progressing ahead of its spring 2020 opening.
The campus will serve 2 to 18-year-olds as well as providing further education opportunities and community facilities for the town and is being delivered by Scottish Borders Council, development partner Hub South East Scotland and appointed main contractor BAM Construction.
Arrangements have also been made for pupils and staff to tour the site while a public vote on the new campus’ name is due to open next month after local Councillors and Jedburgh Community Council agreed to a shortlist from the 80 suggestions made earlier this year.
Good progress continues to be made on-site by BAM, who are beginning to install mechanical and electrical services throughout the building as they take forward the fit-out works.
Councillor Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council’s Leader, said: “Open Doors Day was completely sold out in just a couple of days, which once more highlights the excitement within the Jedburgh for the new intergenerational community campus.
“This is such an important project for Jedburgh and the Council, and I am pleased pupils and staff of the Grammar, Parkside and Howdenburn schools are also getting the opportunity to see around the new campus ahead of their move next year.”
Councillor Carol Hamilton, SBC’s Executive Member for Children and Young People added: “I am delighted with the uptake for Open Doors Day and that the public was able to see the excellent progress being made with the construction of the campus.
“We have also offered community groups the chance to find out how they can use the facility, and a virtual tour of the new campus has gathered over 8,000 views on social media.
“Our children and young people deserve to learn in the best possible facilities with world-class technology available to them, which is why the Council has launched its new Inspire Learning programme and is continuing to improve its school estate.”
Scott Brown, Hub South East’s Project Director said: “It’s fantastic to see how engaged local people are with the new campus in Jedburgh. Doors Open Day has allowed members of the community a sneak peek inside this innovative new facility and feedback has been incredibly positive.
“Construction on site is progressing well and with a year to go until completion, we’re looking forward to continuing our positive working relationship with Scottish Borders Council and our contractor, BAM Construction, to deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience fit for the needs of all generations.”
Bruce Dickson, Regional Director at BAM Construction, added: “The level of interest in this project has been exceptional and is exactly the reason why we support the Open Doors initiative. It’s our opportunity to showcase what the construction industry does and how it does it long before the keys get handed over and the building opens. Our ambition is to change the public perception of our sector and we really appreciate the support of Hub South East and Scottish Borders Council in making this possible.”
The new campus will have provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children, and community facilities will include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, running track, external changing pavilion and rural skills area.
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.