Dalmellington: Coalfields Regeneration Trust buys empty bank building

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has purchased a former bank in East Ayrshire to provide a new community work centre.

The organization says it has completed the purchase of the former Royal Bank of Scotland building on Main Street in Dalmellington – and that renovations to the property will begin in the coming months.

Current plans call for the building to be used as an office for the CRT, as well as shared workspaces for local agencies and walk-in support services.

Renovation work on the property will begin this summer, and it is hoped that the building will be ready to reopen in its new form early next year, depending on the availability of materials.

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The trust now hopes the building, in its new guise, can breathe new life into the downtown economy by creating increased commerce for nearby shops and cafes.

Nicky Wilson, CRT Vice-Chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to invest in the Dalmellington community with the purchase and refurbishment of the former High Street Bank.

“This will help regenerate the city center and provide coworking facilities to create opportunity and prosperity for local people.

“We are proud to be part of the many different projects taking place in the former mining communities of East Ayrshire and look forward to working in partnership with them.”

The sum paid by the CRT to secure ownership of the building, which has remained empty since the RBS closed its branch in the city six years ago, has not been disclosed.

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Rae Smith, director of the Dalmellington Parish Development Trust, which will also have an office in the building once the renovation of the premises is complete, added: “I am delighted that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust have secured the purchase of the former branch of RBS . on the main street of Dalmellington.

“This long-standing important building will now have new life as the office of the Dalmellington Parish Development Trust.

“This will enable the Trust to play a crucial role in the regeneration of the parish of Dalmellington.”

The building was on sale for around £127,000, having been listed on Rightmove in February 2018.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is the leading regeneration organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in UK coal communities.

Their team of trustees has been supporting former coal towns and villages in Scotland and across the UK since 1999.

Their mission is “to champion and strengthen coal communities, generate resources to meet their needs, and deliver programs that make a positive and lasting difference.”

It is hoped this new asset will boost the High Street in Dalmellington and increase commerce for local shops and cafes providing a new destination and base for community work.

The CRT says it will keep the residents of Dalmellington informed of the progress of the renovation of the building as the project moves forward.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust will keep the people of Dalmellington informed of the progress of this exciting project.