Iconic Jedburgh building’s regeneration plans receive South of Scotland Enterprise funding boost

South of Scotland Enterprise has pledged £25,000 of funding to support Jedburgh Community Trust with its ongoing regeneration of an important town centre site.

The support provided by SOSE will be a crucial contribution towards initial remedial works on the old Bakery Building, which at present is in poor condition.  The old Bakery is part of the Port House site situated on Exchange Street, which was purchased by Jedburgh Community Trust (JCT) in 2010.

Port House project

  • The Category A listed Port House property is currently undergoing a major renovation with works being undertaken by local contractors, John Laidlaw & Son.
  • The project is scheduled to be complete by November of this year.  This additional funding from SOSE will begin to realise the next phase of development for this key town centre site.   

What will SOSE's funding assist with?

As well as funding the external repair works to the Bakery building, SOSE’s support will also enable a feasibility study to be progressed.

The Trust plan to explore options for the building’s open plan interior, which could be used in a variety of creative ways. The Trust are also keen to seek the community’s view for potential opportunities and uses. Their aim is to develop an offer, which will help to stimulate the town centre and the local economy. 

How is the project being funded?

The financial aid contributed by SOSE will build upon the previous support the Trust received from:

  • the Scottish Government through its Town Centre Regeneration Fund in 2020
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Scottish Borders Council
  • Architectural Heritage Fund
  • Fallago Environment Fund
  • Jedburgh’s residents via the Co-op Good Causes donation scheme

The work of project managers, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and architects, LDN have been pivotal to the success of the project thus far.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, our Chair

“At SOSE, we aim to be bold and different.

“A big part of what we want to do involves supporting not only businesses but also community-led projects like this which will benefit local economy, third sector organisations and local communities.

“I am therefore very pleased we are working with Jedburgh Community Trust on its historic building regeneration project to develop a positive and important asset for the local community.”

Len Wyse, Chair of Board, Jedburgh Community Trust

“Trust members are looking forward to reaching the end of the first phase of development of the Port House Complex and moving on to the next part of the project.

“It is great to have support from SOSE to explore options for the Bakery - it is a great space with lots of potential and we will be consulting with individuals and groups in Jedburgh to develop a plan for a creative and sustainable future for the building.”

Julie Hogg, one of our Community Development Specialists who worked with the Trust

“SOSE is delighted to be working with Jedburgh Community Trust on this important project at the Port House complex. The work of the Trustees to date has been very ambitious, committed and positive.

“We are keen to work with the local community, businesses and partners to support the regeneration of Jedburgh town centre, with the Port House playing an integral role in its development.”