KELSO THI EVALUATION
Scottish Borders Council
A THI is a regeneration initiative that is comprised of a range of projects that improve the built historic environment using public and private finances. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.The Kelso THI project totalling £1.4million was a partnership project that was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland through the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and Scottish Borders Council. The aim was to regenerate the historic centre of the Kelso Conservation Area through grant funding to a wide range of projects.
The work on site began in April 2010 and was completed in March 2015. Scottish Borders Council required a post project evaluation as a condition of grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to communicate the value of the project to elected members and other stakeholders and to inform thinking on other projects and initiatives that may be undertaken in future. It was agreed that Scottish Borders Council would lead on the assimilation of all quantitative information related to the delivery of the project and that the role for the consultant was to undertake primary research with the main stakeholders of the project to provide further evidence of the success or otherwise of the project in its totality and of specific initiatives. This led to a co-authored report with Jura Consultants being responsible for delivery of new evidence to support the final grant application giving an independent opinion on the project.