Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Scheme aims to bring life back to Hawick's most historic buildings

Hawick's historic buildings are set to be revamped. Credit: Google

A scheme to bring life back to some of Hawick's most historic buildings has been launched.

The Hawick regeneration scheme is a five-year project which Scottish Borders Council hopes will bring empty properties back into use, and encourage general repairs to some of the town's most recognisable structures.

Almost £2m was secured from Scottish Borders Council, Historic Environment Scotland, and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.

Six buildings have been prioritised, the majority stand on the High Street:

  • Former Glenmac Mill, Teviot Crescent
  • 4 Round Close
  • 24 High Street
  • 26 High Street
  • Former Queens Head, 32 High Street
  • Former Liberal Club, 80 High Street/Brougham Place

The Council secured similar town centre schemes, including those successfully completed in Kelso and Selkirk and that ongoing in Jedburgh.

“Having identified these key properties in prominent locations we aim to help the owners address long-standing building defects which are currently having a negative impact on the town centre, and in some instances have left the buildings unoccupied for some time.

“By working with these property owners and others throughout the town centre the Hawick CARS programme will hopefully see buildings not just improved but brought back in to active use, further contributing to town centre activity and benefiting the local economy.”

– Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development.