Main contractor revealed for £2M hub project

The front elevation of plans for the Burnfoot Community Hub.
The front elevation of plans for the Burnfoot Community Hub.

The group aiming to transform the former Burnfoot Roadhouse into a vibrant community hub has announced the main contractor.

Kelso-based builders M. & J. Ballantyne Ltd have been revealed as the successful bidder following a rigorous process against some stiff competition, to take charge of the £2million project.

And Burnfoot Community Futures chairman Richard Knight says they are thrilled to reach another huge milestone.

He told the Hawick News: “We are delighted to be working with M. & J. Ballantyne Ltd on the renovation and conversion of the Roadhouse. Their track record in working with community groups and trusts demonstrates their competence, and we are confident that they will deliver, to the highest quality, the architectural plans developed by Camerons Ltd.”

The Futures group bought the derelict public house from Star Pubs and Bars at a cost of £120,000 earlier this year, and their bid to create a hub on the estate comprising a café, function room, childcare facility, rental spaces, garden and softplay, won a £1.2million lottery grant.

Expressing his delight, Ballantyne director Grant Davidson said: “It’s a great pleasure for us to be involved in the exciting plans for Burnfoot. On a personal level, having originated from Hawick, I’m thrilled I’m able to be involved in such a great project.”

Praising the enterprise, Gavin Yuill, project architect at Camerons, stated: “We have come a long way in developing the design with Burnfoot Community Futures and it’s great to see it being implemented. The project is an outstanding community initiative and
we are very proud to be involved.”

David Cressey, the council’s strategy and policy director, added: “I am particularly
delighted for the residents, their determination and hard work is inspiring and has enabled them to get to this position.”

The timetable for the conversion sees works scheduled to begin on Monday, and the new hub will have a staged completion with the community spaces opening in June 2015, followed by the nursery in August.