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November 18 2014
Midlothian Council has revealed plans drawn up by Cooper Cromar architects for a £30m replacement Newbattle Community High School. Dubbed a ‘community hub’ the centre follows the example set by the Lasswade Centre and provides a six lane swimming pool and health suite, fitness rooms, enhanced library, community rooms, multi-purpose hall (incorporating a theatre and cinema), internet cafe and art facilities. The Scottish government is contributing £17m toward the cost of the build with the remainder being sourced from Midlothian Council. Work on the new school will begin early in 2015 for completion by August 2016. Located opposite the current building at Mayfield Complex, Easthouses, the scheme comprises of three distinct elements; an entrance block, teaching wing and community facility which will include a gym and swimming pool.