As part of the highly anticipated former George Hotel redevelopment project, members of the Stranraer community gathered at the Millennium Centre and the former George Hotel on 8 November to mark the site-start event. This noteworthy occasion was attended by Councillors and Dumfries and Galloway Council Officers along with representatives from Clark Contracts, the appointed contractors.
The official commencement of this redevelopment project, with Clark Contracts now taking over the site, represents a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to revitalise the Stranraer and the town’s surroundings. At the heart of this community-driven initiative lies the vision to create a vibrant and inclusive space. The former George Hotel will be transformed into a community-led centre that celebrates arts, culture, and various activities.
Supported by the UK Government Levelling Up Fund, this project plays a vital role in Dumfries and Galloway Council’s overarching strategy – Reshaping Stranraer and the West.
The primary objective of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Reshaping Stranraer programme is to leverage the region’s natural assets, positioning Stranraer as a premier marine leisure destination in the South of Scotland. By capitalising on the town’s coastal charm and picturesque landscapes, the George Hotel redevelopment project aims to attract both local communities and tourists alike.
The centrepiece of the revitalisation effort will be the newly established centre at the former George Hotel, which will encompass a diverse range of facilities. Among the highlights will be a state-of-the-art bouldering area, providing an exciting recreational activity for adventure enthusiasts of all ages. Additionally, a spacious bunkhouse will offer comfortable accommodations for visitors interested in exploring the area’s natural heritage.
Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy and Resources Committee, Councillor Ian Carruthers, said: “The redevelopment of the former George Hotel aims to make it a true focal point for the community. By providing a new community arts, culture, and activity centre, it will become a must-visit attraction for both locals and visitors alike.”
Speaking at the site-start event, Councillor David Inglis, Vice Chair, expressed their excitement for the project, highlighting its potential to transform Stranraer’s landscape and boost the local economy. Councillor Inglis emphasised the importance of the Levelling Up Fund in supporting such community-driven initiatives, ensuring a bright future for Stranraer and its residents, and expressed gratitude to all involved parties for their dedication and commitment to the project.
The former George Hotel redevelopment project promises a renewed energy and vibrancy to the heart of Stranraer. As construction commences and progress unfolds, this historic landmark is set to become a hub of leisure, creativity, and community spirit.