SOSE provides final funds for Whithorn town hall project

A town hall in Galloway will be brought back to life – thanks to almost £1m worth of support from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:48 pm
Whithorn’s new Town Hall Hub and Bunk House project is underway
Whithorn’s new Town Hall Hub and Bunk House project is underway

Whithorn’s new Town Hall Hub and Bunk House project is now fully funded after securing a grant of £972,000 from SOSE, which follows support from a number of other organisations including the Scottish Government.

The £2.65m project will see the creation of a 16-bed bunkhouse which will be predominantly for walkers travelling on the 143-mile Whithorn Way, as well as the renovation of the listed town hall providing the community with a gym and sports facilities, flexible space, commercial style kitchens and a learning hub.

With the appointment of contractor 3b construction, work is now underway, which is expected to be completed by autumn 2022.

Once opened, the New Town Hall and Bunk House is expected to provide up to £100,000 worth of community and tourism benefits each year.

The initiative is being led by All Roads Lead to Whithorn (ARLW), and follows a community consultation driven by the closure of the town hall.

As a result of the consultation, a Destination Whithorn Masterplan was created, aiming to celebrate the history and natural assets of the town known as the earliest Christian community in Scotland.

SOSE chairman Professor Russel Griggs said: “The New Town Hall Hub and Bunk House project is the result of an innovative masterplan for Whithorn which will aim to provide a sustainable future for the community.

“Alongside the other funders, I look forward to SOSE continuing to work with All Roads Lead to Whithorn, and seeing this ambitious and exciting project come to fruition.”

ARLW chairwoman Hazel Smith added: “This project will be the catalyst for Whithorn to become a real destination again.

“The project will contribute towards net zero emissions while maximising modern technology to overcome our rural location, giving all in our community more equal opportunities.

“We would like to express our thanks to all of our funders, including SOSE, for believing in our vision for Whithorn and providing their support for this landmark project.”