Since 2013, the Trust has worked to develop plans for the former station house on the 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 produced the following design scheme:
recruiting a tenant to run the Station House. Given wider challenges that the hospitality industry is facing, this has proven difficult, but we are working hard to launch a new recruitment process soon. In the meantime, we plan to open up the Station House for group bookings, parties, meetings and more! This will be a temporary arrangement until the Station House is taken over by a tenant.
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
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