The Architectural and Building Services Division of Smiths Gore in Scotland is on the shortlist for the RICS Scotland Awards for the second year running – this year in the Residential category for its conversion of a courtyard stable at Irongray, Dumfriesshire from a state of substantial deterioration to top quality rented residential accommodation.
Smiths Gore was approached in 2011 by clients regarding restoration and conversion of the block which was built in 1863 to serve the now demolished Drumpark House. The brief was to retain the appearance and historic character of the buildings whilst creating three residential units and a workshop/store.
The project was completed in Autumn 2013, with the three new properties being immediately let. Apart from retaining many of the original features and taking great care not to damage the integrity of the existing structure, the design also developed the sustainability of the buildings incorporating wood burning stoves and making the properties partially carbon neutral, with long life and reduced maintenance costs.
Richard Henderson, Partner, Smiths Gore, says:
The preservation of this historic building was taken forward by clients who were totally committed to the project. They worked closely with the building team throughout all the stages of work and saw the potential in this traditionally constructed building and the merits of preserving its historic character.
The conserved and converted stables are now an excellent example of the local architectural heritage, put to good use in the form of high quality rented residential accommodation to meet strong local demand – in this case providing homes for three families all of whom have indicated their satisfaction with their new living space.
Smiths Gore was also nominated in the 2013 Awards for its design and build of the new shop and visitor centre at Glencaple Pier, Dumfriesshire. The announcement of the 2014 winners takes place at an awards ceremony in April.