Dunans Castle in Argyll, on the western seaboard of Scotland, dates from 1864. It is a significant example of Franco-Scots Baronial architecture by the Victorian conservation architect Andrew Kerr. Built as the seat of Clan Fletcher of Dunans, it incorporates the previous 17th century gentry house, is covered in heraldry, and enjoys an outstanding scenic setting in an 18th and 19th century designed landscape with important historic, aesthetic and natural heritage values.
Sadly a catastrophic fire in 2001 left Dunans a mouldering ruin and the deterioration is now becoming critical. Unless action is taken soon it will pass beyond the point of recovery. Charles and Sadie Dixon-Spain have boldly set out to restore Dunans to a sustainable use and commissioned us to take the architectural lead in the project.
Our first step was to research the history and development of the building and prepare a detailed conservation plan and strategy for restoration, which has been published by Dunans Projects. Based on this, and detailed surveys, we have gone on to prepare proposals for clearing and stabilising the burnt out shell of the castle, and outline design proposals for restoration as a large conference centre and apartments. This exciting project has the potential to yield immense benefits for reviving a local area widely acknowledged as being in general economic decline.