Davidson Chalmers announces new office opening within the £5.2m Galashiels Transport Interchange.
Davidson Chalmers has announced it is to open a new office in the Scottish Borders within the £5.2m Galashiels Transport Interchange.
Davidson Chalmers’ new office will act as a regional hub for the firm, which initially began operating in Edinburgh in 1993 and has since grown in size to 46 staff including 11 partners. Borders-based businesses operating within a range of sectors including renewable energy, food and drink, hospitality and healthcare account for a sizeable proportion of its UK-wide client base.
The new Borders office will be headed up by Davidson Chalmers partner Andy Drane, a long-time resident of the region who lives in St Boswells. He said: “We believe the new rail link is a real game changer for the central Borders which will open it up to new business opportunities. We are therefore delighted to be opening this new office in the Galashiels Interchange, a move which represents a natural progression to our long-standing commitment to the area and which will enable us to grow our client base here.
Davidson Chalmers works across a number of core sector areas which are thriving within the Borders, representing a range of clients from individuals to large organisations. The new office will help ensure we are ideally placed to do even more to support the growth of the Borders economy. As someone whose family lives in the local area, I’m very excited about having a regular presence here to build upon the solid base we have established within the area.
The Galashiels Transport Interchange opened in August 2015, exactly a month before the Borders Railway welcomed its first paying passengers. It aims to direct footfall into the centre of Galashiels, and forms town’s new bus station and business hub as well as promoting sustainable transport.
It aims to increase the viability of Galashiels town centre and facilities include showers and lockers to promote cycling and walking. It is open 21 hours per day to access buses and trains, with seating, tourist information and a café available. There are also two additional floors for office space, with anyone interested in letting one of the rooms or hiring conference facilities in the TI, invited to visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/transportinterchange for more information.
Scottish Borders Council Leader, Councillor David Parker, said: “The Galashiels Transport Interchange is a landmark building for Borderers and visitors using the Railway, who have been equally impressed by the facility.
“I am delighted Davidson Chalmers is the first company to move into the Transport Interchange and hope to see other firms take on office space in this attractive building in the near future.”