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Hardies Property & Construction Consultants says its reaping the benefits of a move to new premises in Dalkeith.

The firm has relocated to the historic Grade A Listed Dalkeith Corn Exchange, which was redeveloped earlier in the year by Melville Housing Association.

It has set up a new administrative hub and installed a state-of-the-art VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone system which facilitates radically improved communication with its 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 at Melville Housing Association, said: “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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