Kelso's Places

Townscape Heritage Initiative

To Regenerate the Historic Centre of the Kelso Conservation Area

The Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative (THi) a partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Scottish Borders Council, aimed to regenerate the historic centre of the Kelso Conservation Area through the provision of grant funding to eligible properties for external fabric repairs.



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The Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative (THi) a partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Scottish Borders Council, aimed to regenerate the historic centre of the Kelso Conservation Area through the provision of grant funding to eligible properties for external fabric repairs.

The £1.4million project began in April 2010 and ran through to March 2015 and financially assisted more than 40 properties with traditional repairs or reinstatement of architectural features.

Funding was allocated to eight “Priority” buildings identified by the Kelso THi Steering Group as being located in prominent positions and having an adverse impact on the town centre due to their condition or appearance. The scheme aimed to help these buildings establish a sustainable future as well as demonstrating the benefits of Heritage Led Regeneration. The results add vibrancy to the town centre both visually and in their activity.

Over £1.6million of building contracts were directly undertaken as part of the Kelso THi with over £1million coming from the building owners themselves. The Kelso THi also supported the development of the new Horsemarket Business Centre enabling high quality traditional materials to be incorporated into the design of the building thereby adding to the quality of the surrounding built environment.

The Kelso THi was further involved with providing assistance to the wider streetscape upgrading undertaken throughout the town centre by Scottish Borders Council. The primary set piece of the town, the historic Square, was enhanced with new natural stone paving and pedestrian cross points and street furniture. Again the Kelso THi funding allowed high quality natural materials to be utilised.

Community Education Projects - "Discover Kelso"

A series of community education projects under the banner of “Discover Kelso” was undertaken to compliment the grant funded repairs and physical projects. Over 50 events were organised and over 4000 people participated in one way or another. Find out more in Discover Kelso.

Whilst the Kelso THi is now finished, it is hoped that the legacy of the repaired buildings, improved streetscape and increased knowledge and understanding of the towns rich heritage will help to maintain the historic town centre for many years to come.

Kelso THi In Numbers



A few facts and figures from Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative's 5 year programme.
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  • £700,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund
  • £307,500 from Historic Scotland
  • £392,500 from Scottish Borders Council
  • £614,000 Building Repairs Grants Awarded
    - £74,000 Largest Repair Grant Award
    - £1,600 Smallest Repair Grant Award
  • 8 Priorty Buildings Completed
  • 34 Traditional Buildings Repaired:
    - 13 The Square
    - 5 Woodmarket
    - 5 Horsemarket
    - 7 Bridge Street
    - 4 Roxburgh Street
    - 8 Elsewhere in Kelso
  • 50 Discover Kelso Events
  • 4,100 Attendees at Events
  • 12,400 Cobbles relaid in front of the Town Hall
  • 245m2 High Quality Business Space Created

Repaired Buildings & Improved Streetscape

18 Bridge Street

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Photographs by Kelso THI

Hector Innes Photography

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Photographs by Kelso THI

Toll House

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Photographs by Keith Robeson

Kelso Square

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Photograph by Keith Robeson