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So far North East Scotland Preservation Trust has created 20 blog entries.

Unique opportunity in the Scottish hotel industry

It’s not often that a genuinely exciting opportunity comes along, but perhaps this is what you’ve been searching for? If you have solid hotel management experience and are looking for your own premises; or maybe you own a small chain and are looking for your next growth location; or want to break into the industry [...]

Fraserburgh hotel project provides training for three young men

The North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) is working hard to convert two derelict buildings in the centre of Fraserburgh into a hotel. Phase 1 of the project is due for completion at the end of November, with phase 2 continuing into next year. Following a competitive tender process, the NESPT appointed local contractor V [...]

Future of historic harbour-side buildings secured for generations to come

A range of historic, listed buildings at Portsoy Harbour that recently formed the backdrop to an episode of Peaky Blinders and featured in the remake of the film Whisky Galore, are to be conserved and revitalised by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT). The four buildings, right beside the sea at Portsoy’s historic harbour, [...]

Significant milestone achieved on Fraserburgh hotel project

Convertion of the former John Trail Bookshop in Fraserburgh into a hotel has achieved a significant milestone in recent weeks, with the craning into position of new dormer windows on the front of building overlookind Mid Street. The windows were custom made in the workshop of the main contractor, V G Willox Ltd. The project [...]

Notice of NESPT virtual AGM 2020

The NESPT will be holding its first ever virtual annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday 20 November 2020 at 12.00 noon. It will be held by Microsoft Teams and anyone wishing to attend should email Paul Higson at

Trust project shortlisted for design award

The recently completed NESPT project at 49 to 53 Bridge Street in Banff has been short-listed as a finalist in the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards (AALDA).   Run by Aberdeenshire Council's Build Heritage team, the 12th biennial awards have this year gone digital in response to COVID-19. The NESPT project has been shortlisted in [...]

Work begins on former bookshop in Fraserburgh

Work to convert the former John Trail Bookshop on Mid Street in Fraserburgh into a hotel has started today (Monday, 29 June). Work had been due to start in late March but was postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The project is being led by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) and grant funding [...]

Trust purchases former Clydesdale Bank in Fraserburgh

The North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) is delighted to have completed the purchase of the former Clydesdale Bank at 34 Broad Street, Fraserburgh. It is a category B listed building designed by J. Russell Mackenzie in 1875 as the Town and County Bank. Since closing three years ago, the building’s condition rapidly deteriorated mainly [...]

Silversmith’s Quarters project in Banff completed

The North East Scotland Preservation Trust is delighted to have finally completed its project to create the Silversmith’s Quarters at 49 – 54 Bridge Street, Banff. The derelict, category B listed building has been completely refurbished to a high standard and converted into three small townhouses. When Government rules allow, the houses will be let [...]

Three new NESPT directors appointed

Three new directors have been appointed to the board of the North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT). NESPT is a building preservation trust that exists to bring derelict, disused and redundant buildings back to life in the Aberdeenshire area and beyond.  Formed in 1985, it has played a key role in the preservation of hundreds [...]