£48m Hawick High School vision goes public
September 30 2021
Scottish Borders Council and Stallan-Brand Architects have shared an ambitious school replacement project in Hawick that promises to reshape education in the town.
The radical vision would see the £48m Hawick High School rise alongside the existing school through 2026/27, maintaining continuity of education for students throughout, with the historic school being demolished thereafter.
This approach will enable the new school to remain at the heart of the community through the creation of a public entrance plaza and improved connections to Volunteer Park.
The four-storey school emphasises light and collaborative learning with generous communal areas encouraging learning beyond the classroom, including within an enhanced outdoor landscape of teaching areas, a performance amphitheatre, playing fields and a growing space.
Provost Watson McAteer told the SouthernReporter: "This design does not incorporate any of the existing school. However at this stage that does not mean the old 1860 building will be demolished. That is what will be decided during consultation.
"The key issue will be whether or not old and new can survive next to each other if there is to be a useful plan for the old.
"It is essential that the campus should be community-focused. I suspect the preference will be for a ‘clean’ site as described here but we will need to wait.”
Community consultations will continue throughout the year to gauge the views of the wider community.
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