Construction starts next month on sports complex at Peebles High School

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WORK on a £4.8m sports facility at Peebles High School will get underway next month.

Scottish Borders Council has confirmed that the contract has been awarded to Graham Construction.

The company was responsible for building three new secondary schools on behalf of the council at Earlston, Duns and Eyemouth.

The Peebles facilities include a 2G synthetic pitch, sprint track and a long jump pit.

There will also be a four-court indoor games hall, a general purpose hall, fitness suite, classroom and changing facilities.

The council is paying £4.3m and sportscotland is contributing £500,000.

Executive member for education, Councillor Sandy Aitchison, commented: “I know that the staff and pupils are looking forward to using these new facilities.”

Culture, sport, youth and communities councillor, Vicky Davidson, added: “They [the new facilities] will be available for use by the community after school.

“They will be a great help to local sports teams and clubs as some of them currently have to travel out of Peebles for their training and matches.”

Work starts at the end of May and is due to be completed by April next year.