This fine Neo-Classical mansion was designed for an Admiral in 1822 by the notable Scottish architect, James Gillespie Graham. Unfortunately it had suffered from piecemeal alterations and additions and lack of maintenance.
We have designed a number of improvements for the new owners, to restore its character and appearance and upgrade it to modern standards of comfort and convenience. Historic research into the design and development of the mansion and its designed landscape setting, including the discovery of the original architect’s drawings and specifications, have enabled disfiguring later alterations, including a 20th century lift and 19th century dormer windows, to be removed. Features such as fireplaces and roof lights have been restored using researched historic designs suitable to the style of the house. Investigations of the windows, masonry condition, basement dampness and drainage, and chimney flues have been carried out to inform a minimum intervention approach to repairs based on understanding the traditional construction and materials, which has also proved more economic than introducing modern materials and technology.
In a continuing relationship, consents have been obtained for a number of internal and external alterations including the design of new doors, bookcases and radiator boxes and a new fanlight over the main entrance, specially designed to harmonise with the restored Georgian interiors. Externally, we have designed new staircases and steps to the garden, garages and entrance gates and estate fencing to enhance the setting of the mansion.