School building upgrade

The tower at Chirnside Primary School is being painted and re-pointed during the summer holidays.
The tower at Chirnside Primary School is being painted and re-pointed during the summer holidays.

Chirnside Primary School is undergoing something of a facelift while the pupils and staff are enjoying their summer holidays.

The 1937 Art Deco-style building is Category A Listed, the work of Edinburgh based architects Reid and Forbes.

A year before they started work on Chirnside school the architects completed Kelso Academy and the similarities between the two led experts to believe that Kelso was the prototype for Chirnside.

The school is one of the most significant landmarks in the area and by the time pupils and staff return in August it should be back to looking its best.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “Various projects are currently being taken forward at Chirnside Primary to provide improvements for pupils, staff and the local community.

“The building’s tower is receiving repair works which include the structure being painted and re-pointed, while ongoing classroom refurbishments include new carpets and blinds, low level sinks and units being installed, removal of old storage cupboards and a general re-decoration.

“There are ongoing works to create a new Early Years Centre within the building, which will see a separate entrance area created, new flooring to the classrooms, new furniture and the expansion of the nursery playing area.

“In addition, there are external works being carried out to create a new access path and new safe surface area, while there will be general works to the outdoor play area,” he added.