The former Burnfoot Roadhouse is now owned by the volunteer group planning to transform it into a community hub.
Burnfoot Community Futures has announced that it has finally bought the derelict public house from Star Pubs and Bars, at a cost of £120,000.
The deal comes six months after the project was awarded a £1.2million National Lottery Grant, on top of other funding from grant-making bodies –which totals just over £2million towards its ambitious bid to create a hub on the estate, comprising a cafe, function room, childcare, rental spaces, garden and softplay.
And now after around seven years of discussion, work to start transforming the eyesore into a vibrant centre is only weeks away.
Newly-appointed project manager Jan Pringle, a former director at Burnfoot Community Futures, told the Hawick News: “We are absolutely thrilled that we have reached this point and it is starting to become real. These are exciting times, and there’s a lot happening.”
Progress already includes advertising tenders for a main contractor at just over £1m, as well as smaller tenders, the appointment of Camerons Architects as the design team, and the submission of a building warrant to Scottish Border Council.
Local residents will soon be able to see visible changes, with plans to remove hazardous materials and clear the site of all unwanted vegetation also marking the first stage.
Mrs Pringle, who also works for SBC, commented: “We are into the thick of things, with applications to tender due now, which will be assessed next week, then we’ll have a finalised shortlist by July 25 and expect pricing by August 25. We are working towards a potential commencement of work on October 6.”
Assisting with the project is newly-appointed community development worker Bridget Paterson, who has moved to the Borders from Argyll. She told the Hawick News: “It’s a big life change for me, but I’m really excited to have the opportunity to come and assist such a lovely group of people and a vibrant community.
“My role is to support and develop the board, and help them be well organised to achieve all that they want in both the hub and the community.”