Growing City Regions

Redheugh will deliver capacity for 1,300 homes. Focused around the Scottish Borders’ towns of Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick, Kelso and Jedburgh, there are significant opportunities for housing investment with over 3,700 development sites, as well as settlement expansion close to Tweedbank.

Current housing masterplans include Shawfair (bordering the City of Edinburgh) and Redheugh to establish a new community at Gorebridge. 


Along with the neighbouring communities of Danderhall, Newton and Millerhill, Shawfair station will serve over 4,000 new homes, three new schools and 24 hectares of employment land as part of a £200 million development plan.

Attracting Skilled People

We expect new travel-to-work/ study patterns to emerge, reflecting the new economic geography being created. Eskbank station will provide ready access to the Midlothian Community Hospital and a ten minute rail link between Edinburgh College campuses in Midlothian. Shawfair will link to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, delivering benefits to patients and visitors from Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. New and improved bus routes from the Galashiels Transport Interchange will distribute people across the towns of the Scottish Borders.

With new stations in Galashiels and Tweedbank, Borders College plans to grow the number of pupils participating in the Hospitality and Tourism Academy (in partnership with Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh College), expand its existing engineering provision and widen its STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and construction curriculums.

By improving access to skills and learning, we will continue to develop the workforce our local communities and the wider Scottish economy need.

Edinburgh has the most skilled workforce of any major city in the UK and through our schools, colleges and universities, and by working with industry and Skills Development Scotland, we must raise attainment to respond to the demands of the ‘world of work’ and the needs of expanding and relocating businesses, as well as Edinburgh employers.

The railway coming to the Borders provides the College with the opportunity to offer excellent skills and training opportunities to a wider market, and also allows us to deliver additional skills to support the business growth and economic developments which will follow the arrival of the train.

Liz McIntyre

Principal and Chief Executive, Borders College