Firm climbs aboard Corn Exchange plan

Melville board member Brian Christie at Dalkeith Corn Exchange
Melville board member Brian Christie at Dalkeith Corn Exchange

Dalkeith-based Hardies Property and Construction Consultants is to move into the town’s revamped Corn Exchange, it has emerged.

Presently based at South Street,the firm is relocating to the historic Grade A listed Dalkeith Corn Exchange, which is currently being redeveloped by Melville Housing Association.

Partner Keith Gifford said: “Although it’s not until the end of the year, we are already planning well ahead for our move to the new larger premises at the refurbished Corn Exchange here in Dalkeith. These new premises will really benefit us as we grow as a firm – it’s a very exciting and transitional time for us as we have just appointed some new younger partners to help grow the firm whilst some longer serving partners like myself have been offered an equity stake in the business which is an excellent opportunity.”

In addition to providing new headquarters for Melville and Hardies office, the completed building will provide an enlarged museum space for the Dalkeith History Society, a board room available for community meetings and events – and Melville’s reception area which will display a permanent exhibition detailing the history of the Corn Exchange as part of the recently launched Dalkeith Heritage Trail.

Melville’s head of department John McLeish said “We are delighted that Hardies are involved in our Corn Exchange project. Hardies creation of new administration posts, to be based in the Corn Exchange, is also great news.”