The Mount Stuart Trust is to hold an exhibition to showcase a major development project on the island that will transform historic and unused buildings and provide residential homes and self-catering holiday accommodation.
The three-year initiative is being funded by an investment by the Trust in excess of £8 million and is potentially one of the largest rural regeneration projects on a Scottish estate.
The exhibition will be held next week on August 4 and 5 at the Mount Stuart Visitor Centre and will be open to the public 11am - 7.30pm on Monday 4 and 11am – 6pm on Tuesday 5.
Connie Lovel, Chief Executive of the Mount Stuart Trust, said: “This is a major development project on the island that will transform historic and unused buildings and offer residential homes and self-catering holiday-let accommodation as part of one of the most extensive developments of recent years.
“Work has continued apace on this significant project and the Trust will be displaying materials outlining progress. On both days, members of the design team, including architects Page\Park and the project management team, will be on hand to discuss the current progress made.
“The exhibition will feature drawings and other visuals as well as the design philosophy which includes sustainability principles.”
Key elements of the project include:-
- Regeneration of multiple sites on Bute
- Innovative renovation of farm steadings
- Provision of homes to rent
- Self-catering holiday accommodation
The proposals are consistent with Argyll and Bute’s development policy and the Local Development Plan.
Ambrismore - an existing stone byre will be converted to a four-bedroom family home and three new build homes will form a cluster of energy efficient dwellings for rent.
Woodend – a B-listed Georgian house will be restored to provide unique self-catering holiday let accommodation for larger groups.
Quien – two existing buildings will be converted to provide self-catering holiday-let accommodation including one property which will be designed specifically to provide disabled-friendly accommodation with appropriate access and manoeuvrability within the house.
The project will run in conjunction with the estate’s Accelerated Refurbishment Programme which upgrades estate-owned properties. £600,000 was spent on the first phase of this programme which was completed in 2012 and a similar sum is to be committed to this second phase. Properties developed in Phase 1 of the Accelerated Refurbishment Programme included Lubas Farmhouse and the historic Brick Cottages.
The renovation project is being undertaken at a time when the Mount Stuart Trust is also working with farmers on the island by part-funding participation in Whole Farm Reviews. This scheme enables farmers to assess the viability of their farms and potential for business development.