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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

EIC has secured the contract to carry out electrical installation work on one of the Scottish Borders' most ambitious urban regeneration projects to date. The £7.7 million Heart of Hawick project, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Borders Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is set to transform derelict industrial and commercial sites at the centre of Hawick into a modern arts and business complex and a family history centre.

The leading national mechanical and electrical specialist is due to begin work on the project in November 2005, working with main contractor, GHI and consultant, KJ Tait.

The project involves the conversion of two prominent, historic buildings: Tower Mill, the former Victorian textile mill, complete with large-scale water wheel in the basement, will become an arts centre with theatre, cinema, information and communications technology suite, artists' workshops, shop, café and exhibition space. The Heritage Hub building has already undergone radical transformation having started out as the town's corn exchange before becoming a cinema, a bingo hall and a nightclub. It will now be refurbished to house the Borders Regional Archive and a public access family history centre.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal is delighted that EIC is contributing to such a prestigious project: "The overall work will mean a great deal to those who live in Hawick as these buildings will not only provide attractive and uplifting focal points but they will also generate more jobs thanks to the businesses that will be based within them."

Work will be carried out by EIC's Scottish region, which has recently carried out projects at the Ettrick Riverside offices in Selkirk, Jedburgh Grammar School, Mount Castle Medical Centre in Edinburgh, New Mart Road office pavilions in Edinburgh and the Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh.

EIC Scotland recently announced that it is currently on target to match the 20% financial growth it experienced last year. It is currently making an impact across a wide variety of markets, producing high quality work for all sectors including retail, leisure, commercial, health, education and, most recently, residential.

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Editor's note
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
(01625 506404)


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