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Our emphasis is one of service, doing our best for the owners and using our expertise to deliver a superior job at the same time as providing great value for money.
Craighall Castle dates back centuries and throughout the years many generations of the previous owner’s family have added to it creating a very complicated building. GLM undertook a detailed pre-acquisition building condition survey with budget costs identifying a multitude of issues with the roof coverings, rainwater goods, chimneys, stonework, drainage and windows. We were appointed to design and specify a project to restore the external envelope of the building. Specialist design and project management skills were provided to deliver a complex and highly specialised project in terms of time, cost and quality.
Dunellan House is an early 20th century home in a lovely position in Perthshire. It was purchased after we had carried out a pre-acquisition building condition survey. We were then asked to undertake two phases of work. The first phase brought the interior of the house up to scratch with upgraded bathrooms and a kitchen along with overhauled and draught stripped windows and a new heating system and boilers. The second phase of works included repairs to corroded reinforced concrete window surrounds, cavity insulation and a smart new Burlington slate roof.
The A-Listed Castle & Chapel
Dunimarle Castle had stood empty and unlived in for generations. GLM was commissioned to carry out a detailed pre-acquisition building condition survey to advise on what it would take to put it into good order. The interior and services required complete upgrading and GLM was appointed by the purchaser of the castle to convert it back into a family house, recovering the historic quality of the building in the process and providing it with all the services of a comfortable contemporary home, albeit one on a grand scale. This project was shortlisted in the 2014 RICS Awards in the Building Conservation category.
Arbuthnott House has been in the same family since the twelfth century. Containing spectacular seventeenth century plaster ceilings, this house was virtually uninhabitable due to a dingy kitchen with an old oil fired Aga (the only means of heating in the house) and sagging floors, not to mention woodworm and dry rot. We drew up plans of the building and prepared a scheme to re-model the interior. This involved the creation of a new library which incorporated the original eighteenth century bookcases and created an elegant and purpose made estate and family archive. We installed numerous bathrooms and a woodpellet fired heating system. This project was shortlisted in the 2013 RICS Awards in the Building Conservation category.
Ackergill Tower is perhaps the most remarkable property in Caithness. The practice has been restoring elements of the Tower since the late 1980’s. We delivered en-suite bathrooms with a high standard of plumbing and heating while maintaining the delicate historic ambience. The practice then designed bathrooms that made use of mural chambers while incorporating some clever remodelling and styling. The most recent Ackergill project has seen the inclusion of additional bedroom space, a new banquet hall and the creation of a lush spa to the already stunning hotel getaway.