The Dalkeith Corn Exchange is a prominent building in Dalkeith, both physically and historically. Once one of Scotland’s largest and busiest Corn Exchanges it has a fascinating local history, and is still one of Dalkeith’s most important historic buildings.

Vacant for several years, and experiencing some deterioration the building was in need of repair, restoration and regeneration. Melville Housing Association purchased the building last year, and is undertaking the restoration necessary to convert it into their new HQ, with a museum for the Dalkeith History Society and an area for community space.

The scheme is grant aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.

A principal objective of the grant is that the local community should be engaged in the project through participation, education and training.

The design has been carefully considered by Micheal Laird architects for the overall scheme and Hamilton Design for the fitting out of the new museum. The main hall space will be retained with the impressive timber double hammer beam roof, and the new museum will be provided at the far end of the hall on the upper level of a new mezzanine with office space below.

Of notable interest is the proposed inclusion of the latest technology to provide a sustainable energy supply in the form of a ground source heat pump and solar panels on the roof.


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Regeneration

“A principal objective of the grant is that the local community should be engaged in the project through participation, education and training.”

Find out more about the Corn Exchange and Dalkeith at the museum.

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