Buccleuch Property wins two prestigious conservation awards
Developer Buccleuch Property has been recognised for its sensitive and effective restoration of Dalkeith Country Park (DCP) after collecting two industry awards.
The multi-million pound redevelopment, which saw the Park’s 17th century Category A listed stableyard transformed in to a luxury retail and leisure destination, received the ‘Regeneration and Conservation Award’ from Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) and the ‘Building Conservation Award’ at RICS Awards, Scotland.
DCP is also in the running to receive the ‘Building Conservation Award’ at RICS Awards national finals in November in London.
Buccleuch Property led extensive repairs and structural alterations of the partially derelict
Category A-listed, William Adam designed stable-block and the Category A listed, William Burn designed Conservatory. Original architectural features were incorporated with contemporary extensions and floor-to-ceiling windows, to provide views across the Park. The works also included the creation of a new adventure playground, Fort Douglas; the preservation and partial restoration of the Orangery which was designed in 1829; and upgrades to the walking and cycling routes.
James Palmer, associate director at Buccleuch Property, said: “We are immensely proud to see our vision of protecting a listed property and encouraging and enhancing public accessibility to the Park and buildings, come to fruition.
“In advance of the project, we carried out extensive research and original methods of construction and materials were used throughout and wherever possible, original features were retained and repaired in exhaustive detail and with carefully sourced, matching materials. We are grateful to Historic Environment Scotland, who monitored and supported the project, providing valuable technical and strategic advice.
“Since the Park’s launch last year, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The local community clearly remembered Dalkeith Country Park as a strong local amenity and we are thrilled to see the Estate reinvigorated and providing local employment and recreational opportunities.”
Dalkeith Country Park beat stiff competition from Dalkeith Corn Exchange and the Botanic Cottage in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to win the prestigious EAA prize, presented at a ceremony in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.
More than 35 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes were shortlisted by RICS, before the winners were announced at a ceremony in the city’s Sheraton Hotel.
In addition to the two conservation award wins, the DCP was also ‘highly commended’ in the RICS Awards’ tourism and leisure category.