Regeneration

Hawick Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme

Hawick Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a partnership project we have developed in conjunction with a community based Hawick CARS Steering Group. The group successfully obtained funding from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) in April 2019 for a heritage led regeneration project for Hawick town centre.

Hawick CARS is focused on a range of heritage and conservation based regeneration activities within the town centre over a six year period (2019-2025).

The project has an overall budget of just over £1.5m, funded by HES (£1.315m), the South of Scotland Enterprise (£60k) and ourselves (£200k) and will run until 31 March 2025.

The main aim of the Hawick CARS is to support the repair of traditional buildings (pre-1919) within a defined area of the town using appropriate traditional methods of construction.

The scheme provides grants to property owners to undertake repairs and restoration to accepted conservation standards. Grants will be awarded in a series of rounds with funding in the range of 50%-75% of eligible costs (up to a maximum of £15k) with owners required to provide match funding of the remaining amount.

Opportunities for upskilling of local building trades in conservation techniques as well as the development of community heritage projects will further compliment the Hawick CARS project.

What will the project support?

Hawick CARS is made up of four distinct components, each with their own budget and targets, which will offer the community a variety of ways to become involved with the initiative:

Priority Building Grants 

Grants for repairs and restoration of specific properties identified by the Hawick CARS Steering Group as being located in prominent positions and currently having an adverse impact on the town centre due to their condition or appearance.

General Repairs Grants 

Grants for repairs and restoration of traditional properties within the Hawick CARS Boundary.

Education and Training Initiatives 

Community based projects to increase the knowledge and awareness of the history and rich heritage of the Royal Burgh and opportunities to enhance existing construction skills in appropriate conservation techniques and to encourage conservation related careers.

Public Realm Improvements 

Contribution to a programme of works developed by ourselves as part of the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme associated with the repair and enhancement of the arrival point of the James Thompson Bridge at Mill Port.

How can I apply for a repair grant?

Hawick CARS launched in October 2019 and is a five-year programme, extended due to COVID-19 until 31 March 2025. Applications for funding are being sought in a series of competitive rounds. Funding will be allocated against a set of eligibility criteria with each application scored against:

  • the Need for Repair
  • Impact within the Conservation Area
  • Quality of Repair
  • Habitable Status
  • Project Deliverability

Applicants must appoint a suitably qualified professional agent, experienced in works to repair traditional buildings to accepted conservation standards, for any project seeking grant funding in excess of £5k. Potential building contractors who carry out the works should also be appropriately skilled/experienced in the type of works identified in the application to enable eligibility for funding.

Hawick CARS has an appointed Project Officer, Sarah Altrock and Project Support Officer, Amy Taylor who can be contacted by email [email protected] Applicants must discuss potential submissions and their proposals with the CARS Project Officer prior to submitting their formal application for funding. The CARS Project Officer will also be able to provide details on revised submission deadlines and application timescales as they change as a result of COVID-19.

Please be aware that during the COVID-19 pandemic, current restrictions may have an effect on the Hawick CARS projects and all works will be carried out in accordance with the Scottish Government Guidelines and our policies and procedures.

Newsletter

A regular newsletter is being produced by the Hawick CARS project team. Find the latest edition online.

Further information and register interest

For general information about Hawick CARS or specific information about the grant scheme or the skills training and heritage education programmes contact Hawick CARS online.