Nimmo-Smith’s vision begins to take shape with Euro cash

Empty lots at The Haining, Selkirk, where a gallery is said to be earmarked.
Empty lots at The Haining, Selkirk, where a gallery is said to be earmarked.

HOLYROOD has confirmed that a bid by the trustees of The Haining have been successful in their bid to secure £352,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The cash will be used to convert the coaching house and stable block at into six artisan workshops and studios, along with office accommodation.

Building work is due to start in the spring and the business complex will provide a major chunk of the income required to realise the vision of the late Andrew Nimmo-Smith, who left the 18th century mansion and its 150-acre estate “for the benefit of the community of Selkirkshire and for the wider public”.

The stable block project has planning permission and the trustees say external alterations will be minimal and the intention is to maximise the simple elegance of the existing archways and the classical features of the courtyard.

Trustee Susan Edington told The Wee Paper: “Due to the nature of the funding, the works must be put out to tender, which should be done around Christmas, so we are hoping the work will get under way in spring next year.”

The Haining opens its doors to the public on Saturday, September 17, when members of the Scottish Heritage Building Trust will conduct tours of the library, drawing room, morning room and parlour.

A newsletter will also be available, giving details of the development plans.