Work to rejuvenate a Cumbrian town centre is swiftly moving forward with a landmark project.

Longtown-based construction company, RH Irving Construction, is the main contractor turning a previously derelict site on Dumfries High Street into new homes and enterprise spaces.

The multi-million-pound project, contracted by Midsteeple Quarter Community Benefit Society, began last summer and is slated for completion next spring.

Managing Director Mark Moodycliffe said: “As a true Borderlands company, this is an exciting project for us - hopefully symbolising the beginning of a new future for Dumfries High Street. We’re pleased with how it’s progressing.

“The opportunities it has created for our locally-based staff and contractors have been fantastic.

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“Among our team have been three local apprentices, who have been gaining invaluable experience on site.

"While one of our colleagues, who lives in Dumfries, has taken the opportunity to be mentored towards becoming a site manager.”

The enterprise space within the project will host a variety of uses, including pop-up projects, events, long-term unit hire, a retail unit, and co-working space.

This project is only the first phase of a long-term vision that will breathe new life into the town centre by transforming neglected buildings into vibrant community spaces.