New vision revealed for old fishmarket

Here is a vision for the transformation of Eyemouth’s old fishmarket.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 3:23 pm
How the old fishmarket will look.
How the old fishmarket will look.

Eyemouth Harbour Trust has submitted a planning application to Scottish Borders Council outlining how it intends to reimagine, maintain and improve Eyemouth Harbour.

The regeneration project is moving on apace following the appointment of London-based Galmstrup Architects.

The work will see the redevelopment of the dilapidated old fishmarket and former World of Boats Maritime Museum.

The aim is to widen the appeal of the harbour to make it a centre of excellence for the marine industry by creating a multi-use building for events, markets and training courses, with smaller individual units offering affordable business start-up ‘pods’.

Demolition work to clear way for the regeneration will ensure it becomes a ‘people magnet’ for generations to come.

Donald Duggan, chairman of Eyemouth Harbour Trust (EHT), said: “The Eyemouth Waterfront Reintegration Project is an integral part of our overreaching purpose. The innovative redevelopment of the old fishmarket site aims to create a place which can help achieve sustainable economic growth in Eyemouth, be welcoming and pleasant for visitors and residents alike, and restore a sense of identity to the waterfront area of Eyemouth.”

The plan is to demolish the former museum next month, the main contractor will then be appointed and work on the development is to start by the end of March with construction in the early summer and completion by the year’s end.

Vision 4 Eyemouth member Ian Todd said: “This is a project that fits in with both serving people who are using the harbour day to day but also to the tourism economy. This project will hopefully turn the harbour into the kind of people magnet that it really needs to be.”

EHT has secured regeneration funding for the redevelopment of the 1960s disused old fishmarket and later maritime museum.