Funding boost to transform hall

Newbyres Hall, Gorebridge
Newbyres Hall, Gorebridge

A grant of £124,151 has been awarded towards the repair and restoration of a 19th century hall set to be transformed into a nursery.

Newbyres Hall is a priority project under the Gorebridge Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). It was originally built in 1882 as a Free Church. It was converted into a hall and then more recently it was extended at the front and the rear with modern additions which have obscured and destroyed some of the original features of the building.

Rod Lugg of Gorebridge CARS, said: “The proposed scheme involves repairing and restoring the original fabric of the property, repairs to stone work, roof and windows, demolishing the front and rear extensions and reinstating a stone single porch as evidenced by old photographs, and reinstating the front stone boundary walls and cast iron railings.

“The proposals will bring the building back into use and will restore the original character. The provision of a new nursery here will provide a much needed local facility and will assist with the regeneration of Gorebridge.”

The Gorebridge CARS scheme is a partnership between Historic Scotland, Midlothian Council and Gorebridge Community Development Trust. The aim is to regenerate and enhance the historic character of Gorebridge, centred on the conservation area.

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