August 13, 2022

 A SCOTTISH Govt minister has marked the formal start out of work on the very first stage of a major redevelopment at Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries.

Arranging and Local community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur visited the town centre regeneration venture yesterday (Monday) as he declared £3.4m of support from Holyrood toward the £7.2m transformation of the previous Baker’s Oven.

The disused web page at 135-139 Superior Avenue is currently being turned into new households and small business models.

A significant milestone in the operate by the neighborhood-owned enterprise Midsteeple Quarter to purchase vacant structures and deliver them back again into use.

Midsteeple Quarter work begins
Neighborhood Prosperity Minister Tom Arthur, centre, with users of Midsteeple Quarter, other venture funders and contractors in front of the design site on Dumfries Higher Road. Left to proper: South Scotland MSP Emma Harper, Dominic MacConnell of Nixon Enhancement, Midsteeple Quarter board member Joe McGurk, Midsteeple Quarter Govt Director Scott Mackay, Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur, South of Scotland Business Chairman Russel Griggs, Midsteeple Quarter board member Alison Macleod, Holywood Believe in trustee Amy Agnew and Steve Rodgers of Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Years of campaigning and fundraising by townsfolk to provide the former Baker’s Oven and four other buildings into neighborhood ownership has enabled the venture to arrive at this stage.

The funding offer supporting the initially big section of perform is designed up of:

•             Scottish Federal government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) – £3,460,000.

•             South of Scotland Business (SOSE) – £2,199,852.

•             Dumfries and Galloway Council (through the Location Based Expense Programme) – £916,889.

•             Holywood Have faith in – £350,000.

•             Dumfries Substantial Street Confined (trading as Midsteeple Quarter) – £300,000.

Reps of the funders met with the Minister, associates of Midsteeple Quarter, and job and development contractors as the money offer was confirmed.

Community Prosperity Minister Tom Arthur MSP said: “I welcome this project to carry vacant structures at Midsteeple Quarter back again into use as housing and other sustainable options.

“It is now serving to persons to dwell effectively regionally.

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“Innovative tasks like this exhibit the potent position communities can have in aiding transform their town centres and neighbourhoods by investing in their long term.

“As part of our National Tactic for Economic Transformation, the Scottish Governing administration will do all it can to assist jobs that support make the fairer, greener and extra prosperous Scotland we all want to see.”

The other task funders have also spoken of their delight at operate obtaining underway, with the scheme anticipated to consider about 18 months to total.

South of Scotland Enterprise Chair Professor Russel Griggs explained: “This is one more massive milestone for Midsteeple Quarter and the transformation of Dumfries town centre.

“The project has attained this stage many thanks to the really hard do the job of the Midsteeple Quarter team, the enter of the Dumfries community and guidance of  public, non-public and 3rd sector organisations.

Midsteeple Quarter Chair, Peter Kormylo included: “We are incredibly happy of the development that the men and women of Dumfries have built to get us to this stage and very grateful to absolutely everyone supporting us economically for the faith they are demonstrating in serving to flip the ambitions of townsfolk into a actuality.

“It is an vital second for the city to see work get underway.

“But there is a excellent deal extra that we hope to reach as we pursue the vision that residents have for Midsteeple Quarter.

“A great deal of eyes are upon us as we demonstrate how local community ownership can produce a stronger, fairer, additional sustainable long run.”

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RH Irving Construction was picked to carry out the section a single is effective next a competitive tendering method.

The venture is remaining managed by building challenge administration professionals Nixon.

Organizing authorization for the transformation of the previous Baker’s Oven was granted in 2020.

It will see the setting up reworked and extended, creating organization place at ground degree and aspect of the initially floor as perfectly as 7 flats on its upper flooring.

The imaginative company space will incorporate room for pop-up assignments, a person-off events, very long-phrase units for employ the service of, a retail device and co-operating area.

The properties – which will be owned by Midsteeple Quarter Group Reward Modern society – will be obtainable to rent at an very affordable-to-mid-market charge.