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Development Opportunity, Extensive Former Mill Complex in Town Centre Location – 0.55 Ha (1.36 Acres)


The town of Hawick (Pop 14,300) is set in the attractive Teviot Valley in the Scottish Borders. Hawick is an interesting market town with a long history, an imposing High Street and spectacular Town Hall.

The town is located on the A7 trunk road offering good connections to Edinburgh, fifty miles to the north, Carlisle forty miles to the south and Galashiels, with its railway station, eighteen miles to the north. Hawick offers a comprehensive range of amenities within the area including supermarkets, a variety of independent traders, a cinema complex, large leisure centre and a good number of cafes, bars and restaurants.

The property is in the Wilton area of Hawick on the north-western side of the town at the junction of Princes Street and Langlands Road. The site has attractive views to the south over the town and countryside beyond. The immediately surrounding land uses are mostly residential.

The property occupies a large area, strategically located in a truly mixed-use area of Hawick, within the town centre.


From Hawick High Street, which is just 200 metres to the east of the property, head west following the signs for the A7, and at the first mini roundabout, take the second exit, crossing over the river. At the second mini roundabout, take the first exit towards Langholm (A7) which is Buccleuch Street. The property is on the left, after a further 50 metres.


This extensive complex of mill buildings occupies an irregular shaped site facing onto Buccleuch Street with an alternative vehicular access from Drumlanrig Square. Surrounding uses include residential (mostly tenement style), retail, cafes, a primary school and other businesses.

The vast majority of the site is occupied by mill related interconnected buildings. Service vehicles for the complex generally used the Drumlanrig Square entrance on the south side where there is an area for parking and so on.

Whilst the buildings are interconnected there are broadly three areas:

Buccleuch Street Frontage

Facing onto Buccleuch Street there is a long street frontage of a little over seventy metres. The terrace of buildings facing onto the street are generally of a similar style being stone built with pitched and slated roof. They are three storeys high with some having additional attic space. Windows are usually single glazed sash and case. The buildings on this frontage are roughly ten metres deep from Buccleuch Street though there are parts that project out to the rear. The floor area of the parts of a similar height have been included with this area.

Central Area

The central area of the site is generally occupied by a range of single storey metal framed industrial units with pitch slate roofs. Windows in this area are generally single glazed with metal frames and skylights. There is also within the central area a substantial brick built chimney with a boiler house at its base. The boiler house contains two gas boilers which are to remain in the property as part of the sale.

Southern Building

On the southern side of the property is a three-storey stone and metal framed built building with a timber pitched slated roof. The building has large metal framed windows. Each floor is approximately 674 sq.m.

The building also benefits from an area used for parking and delivering for the complex accessed from Drumlanrig Square to the South.


This extensive site offers a rare opportunity to gain a substantial property close to the town centre. Subject to all necessary consents the property could be developed or converted for residential or commercial use or given the size of the property a mixture of uses.

Floor Area

Gross internal area:

  • Buccleuch Street Frontage (generally 3 floors) - 4,000 sq.m. approx
  • Central Area (generally single storey - 2,700 sq.m approx
  • Southern Building (3 floors) - 2,000 sq.m. approx
  • Total 8,700 sq.m. approx.

Site Area

0.55Ha (1.36 Acres) approx.


Interested parties should make their own enquiries of Scottish Borders Council Building and Planning Department Tel 0300 100 1800. It is understood that at least a large proportion of the property is Category C listed. Potential buyers may wish to clarify with Historic Environment Scotland (their ref LB51195) regarding the extent of the Listing. The property is within the Hawick Conservation Area.

Rateable Value

£72,300 and £10,000 proposed for 2017. Due to the buildings listed status, full commercial vacant rates relief should apply. Potential buyers should satisfy themselves in this respect.


Vodafone use the tall brick built chimney as a mast site. It is understood there is a lease in place. Further information will be available.


Owner vacant possession. It is however understood that there may be rights of access and parking over the access road for a neighbouring householder. The house was originally part of the mill complex and is located just outside the southwest corner of the site. Vodafone are, as previously mentioned, also understood to have a lease.


Externally at any time. Internally by contacting SVA Property Auctions or the joint auctioneers. CKD Galbraith. Viewings will be accompanied, however all viewing parties should be aware of health and safety issues due to its former factory type use. There are two vehicular entrances to the property, one via the pend on Buccleuch Street and the main one off Drumlanrig Square. Additional internal and external photographs are available from SVA Property Auctions.

Joint Auctioneers

CKD Galbraith, Suite C, Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling, FK9 4RN. Tel 01786 434 600. Email (Harry Stott)

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