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8th December 2016
Published by: Midlothian Advertiser

Firm's new home

Hardies Property & Construction Consultants in Dalkeith are reaping the benefits of their move to new premises a few months ago. 

They have relocated to the historic Grade A Listed Dalkeith Corn Exchange, redeveloped earlier in the year by Melville Housing Association, who themselves are now based in the same building. 

The Corn Exchange provides an enlarged museum space for the Dalkeith History Society and has a Board Room available for community meetings and events.  Melville’s reception area now displays a permanent exhibition detailing the history of the Corn Exchange as part of the recently launched Dalkeith Heritage Trail. 

Hardies have made the most of the move to a larger more workable space by setting up a new administrative hub and installing a new state of the art internet-based VOIP phone system, which allows them to radically improve communication with their other offices, staff and clients. 

Keith Gifford, Hardies Partner in the Dalkeith office, said:  “We have settled in quickly and are enjoying our purpose built, modern working environment immensely. 

“Our phone system is a first for Hardies and could lead to us having a centralised reception for the whole firm.  My team has more space, and the new ‘admin hub’ is working out really well.  We now provide support to the whole Hardies office network throughout Scotland. 

“We wish to congratulate Melville Housing Association once again and thank them for their hard work in breathing new life into this historic building. 

“I know having a modern, bright and fit for purpose office fosters a ‘feel good’ environment.  The whole building is a great resource for Midlothian.” 

Neil Edgar, Development Manager with Melville Housing Association, added: “We are delighted that Hardies are already benefitting from their new surroundings.  They are a fitting occupant for these premises as one of the principal objectives of Melville and its grant funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, is vocational training and employability. 

“We know that they support two local students from the area who are well into their courses of study to become construction professionals.  They have been involved with the two new Midlothian schools Hardies have been overseeing.  Their initiative with these students is complementing our recently launched training plan, which is in conjunction with Edinburgh College and offers a range of free courses in traditional construction skills. 

Hardies creation of a new administration post, based here in the Corn Exchange, and with further scale for expansion, is also great news for Dalkeith.” 

Hardies, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, serves clients in both the private and public sectors with a complete operation in property and construction development, including property valuation, building and quantity surveying and project management.  The firm also handles the leasing and sale of commercial and industrial buildings; CDM Co-ordination and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates.  Altogether, Hardies employ over 100 members of staff, professionally qualified in various disciplines.

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