Development firm scoops two conservation awards for Dalkeith project

Development firm Buccleuch Property recently picked up two awards for its restoration of Dalkeith Country Park.

The multi-million pound redevelopment saw Dalkeith Country Park’s 17th century Category A listed stable yard transformed into a retail and leisure destination.

The project received the Regeneration and Conservation Award from Edinburgh Architectural Association, along with the Building Conservation Award at the RICS Awards, Scotland. It is also in the running for the Building Conservation Award at the RICS Awards national finals in London, which take place in November.

Buccleuch Property led extensive repairing works and structural alterations of the partially derelict stable block and Category A listed conservatory. Original architectural features were incorporated with floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary extensions.

A new adventure playground was also created, along with the preservation and partial restoration of the park’s orangery and upgrades were made to walking and cycling routes.

James Palmer, associate director at Buccleuch Property, commented, “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.”

He added, “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.”