Community hub project in Gorebridge drops builder

Gorebridge's half finished community hub in front of the leisure centre on Hunterfield Road
Gorebridge's half finished community hub in front of the leisure centre on Hunterfield Road

Gorebridge Community Development Trust has cancelled the contract for the half-built community hub in the village after seeking legal advice.

The £2.2 million hub, now called ‘The Gorebridge Beacon’, is situated in Hunterfield Road. It was funded by Midlothian Council, the Big Lottery and the Scottish Investment Fund.

The trust has terminated the contract of previous builders T and A Kernoghan and brought in 24 hour security at the site while moving to appoint new contractors.

The decision came after delays in the centre’s construction, which was due to open in April this year.

“We’ve taken this step, after legal and other professional advice as the best way to move the project forward, get the building finished and open as soon as we can,” said Gail Halvorsen, co-chairman of the Gorebridge Community Development Trust.

“The last few months have been extremely frustrating for the trust and people in Gorebridge who will have seen the lack of progress first hand.

“We’re working closely with our funders to get a replacement contractor in place as quickly as possible.

“We know people have been patient but we’ve had no option but to take this step given the advice we’ve received. We will of course continue to keep people informed as the project moves forward.”

T and A Kernoghan were contacted but unable to comment.