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post updated 14 October 2023

Scottish Borders Building News

Scottish Borders Buildings

14 October 2023
Poynder Apartments, Kelso, Peeblesshire
Design: Aitken Turnbull
Poynder Apartments Kelso, Peeblesshire
photo courtesy of architects office
The original Kelso High School built in 1878, was re-built in 1939 in glorious Art-Deco style splendour and remains a Grade B-listed building, today as a brand new 36-Extra Care apartment facility:
Poynder Apartments Kelso, Scottish Borders

22 May 2023
Orchardton Tower, near Palnackie, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 1QH, south west Scotland

Orchardton Tower near Palnackie
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt

According to Historic Environment Scotland, ‘Orchardton Tower is an unusual free-standing round tower, the only one of its type in Scotland. It operated as a fortified residence for a nobleman named John Cairns, who may have acquired the land after James II’s overthrow of the Douglases in 1455.

Orchardton Tower near Palnackie steps
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Circular towers, or donjons, such as this were integral to 1200s strongholds like Bothwell Castle or Dirleton Castle, but they were replaced by square and rectangular tower houses. At Orchardton, Cairns built himself a round tower 200 years after they’d gone out of fashion.’

3 Mar 2022
The Beekeeper’s House in Roxburgh, Roxburgh – near Kelso
Design: Zone Architects
The Beekeeper’s House, Scottish Borders near Kelso
photograph : Paul Zanre
The Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh,
This house was commissioned by Kate Atchley, a keen beekeeper and interfaith minister. She searched for and found a south facing plot looking over the Teviot on the edge of a quiet village in the Scottish Borders, near Kelso.

25 Nov 2015
The Mill, Scottish Borders Steading
Design: WT Architecture, Architects
The Mill, Scottish Borders House
photograph © Andrew Lee
The Mill, Scottish Borders House
Borders Steading is collection of disused farm buildings that nestles into a steep hill overlooking a valley in the Scottish Borders. The brief was to convert the mill to create a modern, rural holiday home that retained much of its historic character.

23 Mar 2018
Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018 News
Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018
Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018
The search is on again for the best designed new buildings in the Borders, with the launch of the Borders Building Design Awards 2018.
The awards intend to promote good building design in the Borders and to strengthen links between builders, architects, Council plannes and other professionals in the industry.

12 Jun 2013
Abbotsford House Visitor Centre, Melrose
Design: LDN Architects
Abbotsford Conservation & Visitors Building
photograph © Paul Zanre
Abbotsford House Visitor Centre

20 Jun 2012
Soccer Pitch in Selkirk Forest
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Chris Houston at the Selkirk Forest Pitch shelter
photo : Angie Catlin
Selkirk Forest Pitch
Brothers Chris and John Houston – both renowned for their rugby – are playing a vital role in the Forest Pitch arts and soccer project which is one of Scotland’s main contributions to the Cultural Olympiad. Their recently established Jedburgh-based company, Caledonia Log Homes Ltd., has built the striking log shelter at the football ground, which has been cut from the heart of a Selkirk spruce wood.

29 Aug 2011
Dean Cottage – Private House near Eddleston, Black Barony, Peeblesshire
Design: ICOSIS Architects
Eddleston House: Scottish Borders Home
image from Saltire Awards
Eddleston House
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Guest Chairman Malcolm Fraser has announced a diverse awards shortlist for 2011, with the scheme enjoying another year of encouraging submission numbers.

17 Oct 2011
Ettrick Valley House
Design: Reiach and Hall Architects, Edinburgh
Ettrick Valley House - Scottish Borders Property
photo © Reiach and Hall Architects
Ettrick Valley House
Gold award for Low cost building of the year, given to the Weavers Cottage in the Ettrick Valley

photos added 7 May 2012
Fairydean Stadium, Galashiels, Scottish Borders
Date built: 1965
Design: Peter Womersley Architect
Peter Womersley Galashiels Scottish Borders Concrete Building
photo © Adrian Welch
Scottish Borders Stadium Building
This building is designed in a similar architecture style to Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. The raw shuttering of the concrete, the powerful angular forms and the focus on cantilever and buttresses in tension are dominant. The building was controversially listed by Historic Scotland in late 2006.

Scottish Borders Architecture

Photos from 15 Jan 2012:

Hume Castle, near Greenlaw, Berwickshire
Date built: 12th/13th Century
Hume Castle Hume Castle Hume Castle Hume Castle Hume Castle
photographs © Adrian Welch

Smailholm Tower, near Kelso, Roxburghshire
Date built: 15th/16th Century
Smailholm Tower Smailholm Tower
photographs © Isabelle Lomholt

Smailholm Tower Smailholm Tower Smailholm Tower
photographs © Isabelle Lomholt

Smailholm Tower Smailholm Tower Smailholm Tower
photographs © Adrian Welch

Greenlaw Town Hall
Date built: 1831 ; building restored in 2010
Status: Listed building
was a Building at Risk since 2001
One of the buildings shortlisted in the 2006 BBC television series Restoration Village.
Greenlaw Town Hall Greenlaw Building Greenlaw Town Hall Building
photographs © Niels Lomholt

Kelso Abbey
Date built: founded in the 12th century
Kelso Abbey Scottish Borders Buildings - Kelso Abbey Kelso Abbey - Scottish Borders Buildings
photographs © Adrian Welch

Kelso Building in the town square
Kelso Building
photograph © AJW

Kelso Hotel Building, on the north side of the square
Kelso Hotel Building
photograph © AW

Mellerstain House
Mellerstain House
photograph © IL

Bridge & Folly at St Boswells
Suspension Footbridge over the River Tweed, just north west of Dryburgh Abbey
Bridge at St Boswells - Scottish Borders Buildings
photograph © Adrian Welch

Folly at St Boswells
Folly at St Boswells - Scottish Borders Buildings
photograph © AW

Floors Castle – eastern entry gates, Kelso
Floors Castle
photograph © IL

Historic Scottish Borders Buildings

Photos from previously:

Neidpath Castle just west of Peebles in the Scottish Borders:
Neidpath Castle Neidpath Castle Peebles - Scottish Borders Buildings
images © AJW

Hume Castle
Hume Castle
scanned photo by architect Adrian Welch 1999

Scottish Borders 20th Century Buildings – Selection

Bernat Klein Studio – project, Selkirk
Date: 2002-
Peter Womersley ; Studio DuB
Bernat Klein Studio - Scottish Borders Buildings
photo : Rebecca Wober
Klein Studio : house, by architect Peter Womersley

Dingleton Boiler House – redevelopment, Melrose
Date: 2008-
Peter Womersley ; Studio DuB
Dingleton Boiler House - Scottish Borders Buildings
image : studio DuB
Dingleton Boiler House

Location: Scotland, north west Europe

Architecture in Scotland

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Dumfries & Galloway Buildings
Galloway House
photograph © Daniel Lomholt-Welch
Dumfries & Galloway Buildings

Scottish Castles

Scottish Architect

Historic Scottish Houses

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Traquair, Scottish Borders
Traquair House
photo © Adrian Welch
Traquair House

East Lothian Architecture

A country house that is almost classifiable as a Scottish Castle:
Lennoxlove House, Haddington, East Lothian
Lennoxlove Castle
image © Adrian Welch

Hailes Castle, East Lothian
One of the most picturesque of Scottish Castles in the central belt is Hailes Castle perched above the River Tyne:
Hailes Castle
image © Adrian Welch

Borthwick Castle, Midlothian

Crichton Castle, Midlothian

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