Kelso’s cutting edge business centre

L-r, Tom Weatherston, Simon Mountford, Michael Ballantyne and Ron Smith cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new office block in Horsemarket Kelso.
L-r, Tom Weatherston, Simon Mountford, Michael Ballantyne and Ron Smith cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new office block in Horsemarket Kelso.
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Kelso has celebrated the conclusion of two major town centre projects.

On Thursday night, Kelso Laddie Ross Henderson unveiled the completed streetscape works in the town’s Square, including a newly-carved Kelso crest at the entrance to the town hall.

And, earlier in the day, the Horsemarket Business Centre was officially opened by Councillor Ron Smith, executive member for planning and environment at Scottish Borders Council.

The £2million streetscape works has seen the introduction of pedestrian crossings, wider footways and repointing and relaying of cobbles. There is also additional on-street parking, bus stops and loading areas.

The project was funded by SBC, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The new £800,000 business centre incorporates five business units, new public toilets and two bus shelters. The centre was also supported by SBC, Heritage Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

Local councillor Alec Nicol said: “These improvements have been discussed for many years and I am so pleased to see it come to fruition for the benefit of Kelso.”