The newly completed Langlee Primary School welcomed pupils for the first time yesterday.
The school provides 3-storey modern facilities for both children and staff, including 14 classrooms, sports hall, outdoor MUGA sports pitch, a centre for children with severe and complex additional needs and provision for early learning and childcare.
The new school replaces the old building, which has been in use since 1958 and will be demolished in the coming months.
The project delivered significant community benefits, including the creation of 16 temporary jobs, work experience for 2 unemployed people and 2 students from the local college at Langlee.
Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Carol Hamilton, said: “Langlee Primary has been an integral part of the local community for nearly 60 years and holds many fond memories for local people. However, we are sure the new school building with be a fantastic asset for generations of children, as well as the Langlee and Galashiels communities.”
Michael Kieran, Construction Director at McLaughlin and Harvey said: “We are delighted to have completed the first phase of this prestigious project. The finished building is a credit to the hard work, cooperation and vision of all those involved in the design and build process. We would like to thank the staff and pupils for their patience to date and wish them every success in their new school.”