We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for the construction of Galashiels Community Campus! The new community campus will replace the existing Galashiels Academy, Galashiels Swimming Pool and Queens Leisure Centre.
The approval marks a significant milestone in the project, enabling detailed design to progress and further consultation with key stakeholders to take place ahead of a start on site early in 2023.
The new facility will be constructed whilst the existing school and swimming pool remain operational, avoiding significant disruption for pupils and ultimately delivering a world-class education and community facility.
The project will deliver innovative education and community facilities for the people of Galashiels and surrounding area. This modern learning space will see core teaching and community spaces arranged around a vibrant central spine accommodating collaboration, social and creative zones. Swimming Pool and Sports facilities are located adjacent to the shared main entrance, supporting and promoting community access and use of these, and other, facilities within the campus.
Externally, the campus landscape has been designed for use by the whole community and aims to promote learning, active travel, sport and recreation. As part of the landscape design a significant re-imagining and expansion of Scott Park is proposed, with the provision of new playpark facilities, additional greenspace and improved connections with Gala Policies and Gala Hill woodland.
The project is being delivered by Scottish Borders Council’s development partner, Hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction the appointed contractor and jmarchitects the lead consultant behind the design. Scott Brown, Hub South East’s Project Director, said: “Achieving planning permission is a key step in the development of a fantastic new Community Campus for Galashiels. JMA’s inspiring designs have been well received and we look forward to further developing these as the project progresses. Working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and our contractor Morrison Construction, we will deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience for pupils and is an asset to the local community, whilst realising a range of local benefits and social value.”
Imagery Credit: Cadpeople
Credit: Doug Tullie, jmarchitects Edinburgh
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