WORKS have started to build 25 new houses in Galashiels as part of a “regeneration” project.

The Waverley Housing development will result in two- and three-bedroom properties across four blocks on Beech Avenue.

It is the first phase of an initiative of the ‘Upper Langlee regeneration’ which will see up to 109 new homes built.

Ronnie Dumma, board chair at Waverley Housing, said: “This is a significant milestone for Waverley Housing being the organisation’s first new-build housing development.

“This is the initial phase of what will be a multi-phased development which will provide up to 109 new build homes. The first phase will deliver 25 much-needed, modern, energy efficient family homes in an area of high identified need.”

The project has been on the radar for a number of years.

In 2017, Scottish Borders Council and Waverley Housing launched a joint ‘masterplan’ to look at future options for housing stock in Beech Avenue, Hawthorn Road, Larch Grove and Laurel Grove.

The regeneration began in 2020 with the refurbishment of 68 flats and maisonettes on the estate.

Demolition works at the site were completed in December 2022 to clear the way for the new-build programme.

At the end of last year senior councillors approved funding of almost £1m towards the project.