Application for new gym in former Lochcarron factory

A PLANNING application has been submitted to turn the former Lochcarron knitwear factory into a gym.

The proposal for the Princes Street premises has been lodged by Glasgow-based franchise Energie Scotland, who claim a youth gym included in the project will be a first for the Borders.

In a statement to Scottish Borders Council on behalf of Energie Scotland, Hawick builder Stuart Patterson said: “There are two other gymnasiums within the town (Teviotdale Leisure Centre and Think Fitness), and the applicant is hoping to try and hit the middle ground between the two, while also establishing specialised areas such as the youth gymnasium.

“I am reliably informed there is no other facility of its type anywhere in the Borders.”

The building, which consists of four levels, has been empty since the closure of Lochcarron in late 2009.

The rear section is currently rented to another knitwear mill in the town for temporary storage of stock although their current lease is set to expire and would not be renewed should the application be successful.

Mr Patterson added: “Approval would provide occupation of one of the largest vacant buildings in the town.”

According to the statement there would be six or seven staffing posts created dependant on the success of the business.