Almstrongs Hawick Redevelopment

Following a recent feasibility study undertaken for Scottish Borders Council to explore possible redevelopment options for the disused Almstrongs building in Hawick, Aitken Turnbull have been appointed to progress proposals to create a new business hub which will include office space, shared meeting rooms and a cafe. The proposed building is intended to assist business start-ups by providing accessible and flexible office spaces. The addition of shared meeting rooms and a cafe will encourage social interaction between businesses providing the opportunity for the new and rapidly developing companies to come together and grow.

The project will see a new contemporary office building constructed to replace the previous department store entrance building on Oliver Crescent while the adjacent Church Hall and the terraced buildings accessed from Teviot Crescent will be retained and altered.

Scottish Borders Council have stated that the “project will not only provide new job opportunities in Hawick but will hopefully act as a catalyst for further property redevelopment and inward investment in the town in the future”.

Murray Royal Hospital Public Consultation

Aitken Turnbull and Montagu Evans are holding the public consultation today at the existing Chapel on site for residential redevelopment of the former Murray Royal Hospital in Perth.

The presentation boards are all set up with the event open until 7pm tonight to allow the public to view the proposals and meet the team to answer any queries.

We look forward to hearing the responses from the public consultation.

VREP Award Nominations

We are pleased to announce that the VREP has recently been nominated for a number of awards across a variety of categories.

Build Magazine – regional Innovative in Production Awards 2017.

Corporate Livewire – Innovation & Excellence Awards 2018.

Global Awards – Healthcare I.T/ Apps/ Digital Innovation/ Financial and Medical Tourism.

AT are delighted to see so much interest in VREP and gaining nominations for these awards. Updates on the progress of these awards will be announced over the coming year. Take a look at the VREP website for more information –

Well done to all the team for their hard work on the project so far.

Roxburgh Street Surgery Completes

We are pleased to see that the Roxburgh Street replacement surgery project has recently completed.

There was a need to replace the existing Roxburgh Street surgery in Galashiels to provide fit for purpose, DDA compliant facilities for use by both staff and patients; provide consulting rooms, waiting area and office space of suitable size, be able to attract and retain high quality staff; provide sufficient accommodation for the identified and expected future expansion of the Galashiels population.

The building is set over two floors with ground floor compromising reception, waiting, consulting and treatment and the provision of Scottish Ambulance Service Crew Room and staff accommodation including District Nurse and Health Visitors offices on the upper floor. A simple palette of materials including render and larch cladding were chosen for the external elevations providing a striking contrast currently however over time the larch cladding will weather. The waiting area is glazed to the private gardens and the reception area has two circular rooflights providing a fantastic naturally lit entrance space.

The project was delivered through the HUB South East framework for NHSB by a joint venture between Morrison Construction and ESH Border Construction. The project completed in April and opened to the public in May 2017.

We look forward to seeing the boundary landscaping developing on the site and seeing the public use the internal spaces.

Planning Permission Received Belmont Road, Jersey

Aitken Turnbull are delighted to have received planning permission for alterations to 18 and 18a Belmont Road, St. Helier, Jersey. The townhouses will benefit from sensitive renovation which will respect the historic value of the building while creating dwellings that are fit for modern day living. The building will also be extended to provide a further dwelling at the rear of the property.