Ogilvie appointed for Galashiels regeneration scheme in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 10 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Scottish firm Ogilvie Construction has been appointed to build the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor attraction as part of the Galashiels regeneration project.

The facility will tell the story of Scotland through one of the world’s largest tapestries created by 1,000 people from across the country.

The Stirling-based company expects to commence work in the coming weeks at the town centre site, which will be transformed with the creation of the new building.

Scotland’s architectural practice Page \ Park has designed the building.

The visitor centre will have a range of interactive displays and activities. Exhibitions and events will be organised for tourists and locals and gift shop, café with local and seasonal produce, and educational facilities for all age groups will also be established.

The visitor centre has easy access to Edinburgh via the Borders Railway.

To be managed by charity Live Borders, the Great Tapestry of Scotland will act as a catalyst for a wider masterplan to reshape the town and encourage investment in Galashiels and the wider Borders economy.

Other projects to be taken up along with the Great Tapestry of Scotland include a new town trail, which will feature a sculpture dedicated to Galashiels sweet seller Robert Coltart who wrote the children’s lullaby Coulter’s Candy (Ali Bali Bee).

Currently, major improvements to the town centre are being taken up in partnership with community groups. A masterplan to transform Galashiels and encourage investment in the wider Borders economy is being developed.

The regeneration of Galashiels is aimed at capitalising on the success of the Borders Railway, which has presented several opportunities for Galashiels and the Borders, resulting in an increase in the number of visitors.

Scottish Borders Council, Energise Galashiels Trust, Live Borders and businesses and community groups will take up initiatives to create economic, social and educational benefits to transform the town.

The project is expected to create 16 jobs after the opening of the facility and more than 50,000 people are expected to visit Galashiels every year.

In addition, complementary attractions are expected to attract an additional 12,000 visits, resulting in £900,000 of extra spending per year and supporting 17 additional jobs.


Image: Artist’s impression of the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre. Photo: Courtesy of Ogilvie Construction.

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