Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “We have experienced one of the most testing periods of time in living memory, with the local economy in the Borders being significantly impacted.
"As a result, seeing a major development such as the Borders Innovation Park now get underway is hugely welcome news. The Council recognises the potential of the Borders Railway for transforming our area’s economy by bringing new workers, homeowners, businesses and visitors to the region."
"The Borders Innovation Park will aim to capitalise on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a site right beside the railway. We are confident the Park will deliver high quality, higher paid jobs for the Scottish Borders."
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “As we look to our economic recovery, we are working with partners, to understand how best to move forward and respond to current circumstances. City Region Deals will be crucial to drive growth through projects that deliver significant and lasting benefits for individuals, businesses and communities across the country. Borders Innovation Park is a great example that builds on the huge success of the Borders Railway and I’m delighted to see it progressing.”
Donald MacDonald, Managing Director Ogilvie Construction, said: ”We are delighted to start construction work in line with Scottish Government guidelines. We look forward to handing over a first class facility which is built to the highest standards and will play such a significant role in economic development for the Borders.”
The Borders Innovation Park is being funded by Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, as well as a £15m investment secured from the Edinburgh and South East Region City Deal.