While there is some impressive and high profile competition, Arbuthnott House shines in the conservation category as an exceptional house on an estate owned by the same family for 800+years.
The significance of Arbuthnott House lies in the fact that it has survived in the hands of the family who built it and who have modified and updated it to suit changing requirements and fashions over hundreds of years, each leaving their mark. Many features of the house, such as the remarkable 17th century plasterwork, represent an extraordinary survival that will continue to delight the visiting public and the occupants of the house for generations to come.
David Gibbon, GLM’s Director and RICS Conservation Accredited Chartered Building Surveyor explains; “Meticulous care was taken to preserve the precious building fabric of the deservedly A-Listed Arbuthnott House, whilst gently adapting it to suit the lifestyle of a 21st century family. This was a project that resolved a negotiation between the past, the present and future – giving a new lease of life to this multi-layered and extraordinary family home.”
Respecting this history and the immediate needs of this generation, the project team – lead by David Gibbon, includes Architect Neil McAllister of GLM, lead contractor Pert Bruce, Structural Engineer Elliott & Company, and Mechanical Engineer Irons Foulner, have undertaken critical but sensitive alterations and vital improvements to the services and repairs to the building structure and fabric. Every detail of the project has been thoroughly thought through with an eye on economic and environmental sustainability.
RICS judging panels from around the UK will be visiting the shortlisted schemes through March and comparing notes to decide who will be walking away as winners in all the categories, including Project of the Year in their region. The winners will be announced at a Ceremony on the 9 May which will take place at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
The winners of the four national categories, Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Design and Innovation and Regeneration, will then be entered into the Grand Final which will take place at the Savoy Hotel, London on 18 October 2013.