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 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 five year period. (2019-2024)

The project has an overall budget of just over £1.5m, funded by Historic Environment Scotland (£1,314,800), the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (£60k) and ourselves (£200k) and will run until 31 March 2024.

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 per cent 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.

View the Hawick CARS Boundary map

View the Hawick CARS Information Leaflet 

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 & 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 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, and Project Deliverability.

The submission deadline for the next round of Hawick CARS funding can be obtained from the Hawick CARS Officer. Applications can be submitted in advance but will not be assessed until the deadline has passed.

A Hawick CARS Officer has been appointed and potential applicants must discuss their proposals with the project officer before submitting their formal application for funding.

Grant eligible works must be undertaken by a suitable experienced building professional and/or building contractor and must be to accepted conservation standards.

View the Professional Agent Requirements Guidance

View the Hawick CARS Guidance Notes

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.