Ogilvie appointed to ‘transformative’ Galashiels project

An artist’s impression of the new visitor centre

OGILVIE Construction has been appointed to deliver the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor attraction in Galashiels, which is expected to ‘transform’ the town’s centre.

The Stirling-based contractor will build the facility for the attraction, which tells the story of Scotland through one of the world’s largest tapestries, created by 1,000 people from across the nation. The visitor centre has been designed by Scots architectural practice, Page\Park.

Work is due to commence onsite in the coming weeks.

An artist’s rendering of the interior

Donald McDonald, managing director of Ogilvie Construction commented, “We are delighted to be part of such a prestigious initiative for Galashiels and the Borders. The new visitor centre will be built to the highest standards creating a first-class facility and we will look forward to engaging with the local community throughout the construction period.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for business and economic development said, “This is a hugely exciting time for Galashiels and the Scottish Borders.

“I am delighted we now have an experienced and trusted contractor in place to take forward the building of this nationally significant attraction, with the artist impressions indicating it will be a stunning piece of architecture in Galashiels town centre.

“Jobs will be created during construction of the facility alongside a wide range of social, economic and educational benefits once the building opens to the public.”

He added, “Heritage and culture experts predict the centre will attract over 50,000 people to Galashiels each year once opened, as well as create 16 new jobs at the facility. In addition, almost £900,000 of extra spending per year is predicted for the local economy, providing 12,000 extra visits to complementary attractions, supporting a further 17 jobs.”