Chirnside school’s upgrading plans

The plans for an extension to Chirnside Primary School have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council’s planning department.

The grade A listed building, designed by Reid & Forbes Architects, dates from 1937 and is regarded as the best example of 1930’s architecture in the Borders.

Because of its listed building status no extension can be added to the front of the building. At the back however, the two toilet blocks are being removed completely and a new structure built that will join onto the 1950’s dining extension.

Last year a single classroom extension was added to the building. Now the council propose modern toilets for boys and girls, plus an cleaner’s cupboard and general store.

New powder coated aluminium windows will be installed instead of the original steel construction to allow for double glazing and reduced heating costs. However, the style of the windows will match the others in the building.