Since 2013, the Trust has worked to develop plans for the former station house on the recently reinstated Borders Railway line: consulting local people, preparing plans/costs, talking to funders and generally trying to take their ideas forward.
The community at large were consulted as much as possible in the time available to help inform the potential use of the station house building. The options appraisal results of the community consultation revealed that the most supported option was for the building to be developed into a suitable space for the development of a quality bar/bistro, a cycle business, art studio/workshops and exhibition space. It is also intended that there be enhanced facilities for travellers using the station and visitors to Stow and the surrounding area.
In 2019, Aitken Turnbull Architects were appointed to the project, and have produced the following design scheme:
The Station House project has only been possible thanks to the support from our funding partners:
- Borders Railway Blueprint Fund
- Railway Heritage Trust
- Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Fund
- Station Community Regeneration Fund (SCRF)
- Scottish Borders Council/Blueprint
- BCCF Environmental
- SSE Toddleburn Community Fund
- EDF Renewables Longpark Community Fund
Click here for the latest news and updates on the project.
The Chair of Stow Community Trust, Helen Corcoran, was interviewed in a recent DVD box set published to mark the 5th Anniversary of the reopening of the Borders Railway – in this clip Helen talks about the Station House project and how it fits in to wider ambitions for the village: