Funding boost for regeneration of Galashiels

section of tapestry showing stitched leaves

Published: Monday, 12th March 2018

Galashiels will receive a share of £26 million awarded from the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

The Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre will be provided with £1.18million, with the project transforming a derelict part of Galashiels town centre into a new, bespoke visitor attraction of national importance.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“With the support of the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre can now kickstart the delivery of the Galashiels Masterplan, which is part of Scottish Borders Councils’ ambitious vision and will encourage investment in the town and the Borders economy from both the public and private sector.

“Using a partnership approach with many community, education, arts and tourism organisations, the visitor centre will provide a series of benefits including new community facilities alongside housing the unique Great Tapestry of Scotland.

“The visitor centre will be located a short walk from the railway, while interpretation and art installations are also planned across the town centre to direct passengers to the facility from Galashiels train station, increasing footfall and spend in the town.

“It is predicted to attract over 50,000 people to Galashiels each year once opened in 2020, as well as creating 16 FTE jobs.

“In addition, almost £900,000 of extra spending per year is predicted for the local economy, providing 12,000 extra visits to complementary attractions and supporting a further 17 FTE jobs.”

Councillor David Parker, Convenor, who was involved in the very initial discussions around the project

“The Borders Railway has been a huge success for our area, and the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre aims to capitalise on these opportunities, with the help of the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.”

Scottish Government's Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart

“I’m really pleased that this fantastic, locally-driven project will benefit from an injection of funding. It will help regenerate the local area, stimulate inclusive growth and create new jobs.

“The focus of the projects being funded this year range from tackling social isolation, mitigating welfare cuts, providing training opportunities, creating business space and increasing tourism – to name but a few. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.”

More information

Images of the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre and of Galashiels are available at our Flickr page.

More information on the visitor centre is available.

Further details on the Galashiels and Tweedbank masterplans are also available.