Historic Kelso High School lined up for extra care apartments
August 29 2019
A B-listed International-style Borders school is to be repurposed as extra care apartments under proposals for the partial demolition and extension of the historic 1939 Reid and Forbes designed school.
Kelso High School has been left as surplus to requirements following the transfer of pupils and staff to the new Kelso High School, bringing it into the ownership of Eildon Housing Association and M&J Ballantyne who intend to create 33 apartments, support accommodation and a sensory garden.
Aitken Turnbull Architects have been commissioned to deliver this requirement while minimising the impact on the present building, following a feasibility study by Simpson & Brown.
The chosen approach will retain the core 1939 building, tower feature, entrances and school gate piers while removing later additions which will enable private housing to be delivered within the grounds.
The architects wrote: “Kelso High School was identified by Simpson & Brown’s Conservation Statement as a building of greater architectural interest and granted an overall level of “Considerable” significance.
Their justification for this is twofold; firstly, Reid&Forbes specialised in new school buildings during that period and Kelso High School was the culmination of their experience and design aesthetic. Secondly, the school is an example of the International Style with Art Deco motif elements–showing a worldwide influence, but a decidedly Scottish response."
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