Trafalgar House work to start in late spring

Trafalgar House
Trafalgar House

Work on converting Trafalgar House into three maisonettes and building nine houses in the grounds is expected to start in the new year - after it stood empty for 17 years.

It has been the subject of numerous complaints to Coldstream & District Community Council since the building was closed as a care home and day care centre by Scottish Borders Council in 1997.

Planning permission has been applied for on at least three occasions and building warrants sought for the conversion and development work. But apart from the day care extension being knocked down, no further progress has been made.

“Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent was granted in October 1999 for the demolition of the former local authority care home but retaining the original B Listed house (built in 1830 and designed by Thomas Hamilton),” said David Burghley, director of Aitken Turnbull Architects Limited.

“ The permission included three conversions within the house and nine new build dwellinghouses in the grounds.

“Demolition and site clearance took place in 2003 and Building Warrant was obtained in August 2009 but the project was put on hold due to the economic downturn.

“In October 2014 we were instructed to resurrect the project, refresh the Building Warrant and Road Construction Consent, and invite tenders to complete the works in two stages (the conversion as stage 1 and the new build as stage 2).

“It is anticipated that works on site may commence late spring 2015.”

“After nearly 18 months of correspondence with Guardian Care, now known as St Phillips Care, at last there seems to be a commitment to start work on restoring Trafalgar house,” said Mid Berwickshire councillor John Greenwell.

“I am sure that this news will be welcomed by all with some relief and expectancy as Trafalgar House has been an eyesore for far too long.

“The prospect of three apartments within Trafalgar House and nine others in the grounds will be good news for us all.”

Guardian Care Homes bought Trafalgar House in 2005 but once they had decided what they wanted to do with it were unable to get the necessary finance, plus market conditions made it too risky to proceed.