A landmark building in the heart of Banff has been successfully restored to its former glory by a collaborative project managed by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust.
The town centre building, 2 – 4 Old Castlegate, had lain vacant and derelict for more than 20 years before being transformed, through sympathetic restoration, into two private houses.
Work on the B -listed Georgian townhouse has taken around eleven months to complete and the larger of the two houses was been sold on the open market at an early stage. The smaller house has also been successfully sold.
The project has only been possible due to support from a wide range of organisations including Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Environment Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund (through the Banff Townscape Heritage Initiative), The Pilgrim Trust, The Monument Trust, The Leche Trust and Scottish Enterprise Grampian.
The fact that so many funders have supported the project is testimony to the importance of the building, a prominent local feature.
North East Scotland Preservation Trust Chairman, Councillor Marcus Humphrey, said: “I am thrilled that so many funding agencies have been involved in the restoration of this unique part of Banff’s heritage.”
Banff and District Councillor, John Cox said: “The deteriorating condition of this prominent building gave cause for concern for many years. I am therefore pleased that building work, undertaken by a local contractor, has now been completed.
“With the other projects being planned for Banff through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, we can look forward to seeing further big improvements to the town.”
The project was completed in 2009.
Architect: Leslie F Hunter
Quantity Surveyor: MacTaggart & Dallas
Main Contractor: A D Walker
Aberdeenshire Council £50,000
Historic Scotland £199,412
Heritage Lottery Fund £74,243
Pilgrim Trust £30,000
The Monument Trust £30,000
Leche Trust £5,000
Scottish Enterprise Grampian £3,286
Income From Sale of Completed Houses: £400,000