Renovation work to start on historic Bangour Village buildings

SPECIALISED renovation work on three historic buildings at the redevelopment of Bangour Village in West Lothian is set to begin after the council granted planning permission.

As owners and master planners, Ambassador Group will oversee the work to preserve and integrate these structures, which were originally hospital wards, into the new development of 998 homes. The project will include energy-efficient homes, a new primary school, and a community retail hub, all set among 215 acres of mature woodland.

Bangour Village’s next chapter will see the development of a new neighbourhood complete with a district heating system. There will be a variety of housing options, including detached and semi-detached properties as well as townhouses. 20% of the site will be dedicated to affordable housing.

For the three historic buildings, renovation work will include work by stone consultants to repair existing external walls, the installation of sash and case windows, and the use of red clay tiles and grey slates to replicate the appearance of the original roofs.

Over the course of the project’s anticipated lifespan of ten years, Ambassador Group intends to invest a total of £150 million in community benefits and infrastructure. These investments will include building a new school, which will use a portion of the site’s original A-listed recreation hall.

Gordon Coster, MD of Ambassador Group’s developments division, said, “It is an honour for Ambassador Group to be in the position to bring these historic buildings back to life at this much-loved location. Our commitment to revitalising Bangour Village Estate reflects our dedication to fostering a sustainable future while preserving the cultural heritage of Bangour. Once complete, Bangour Village Estate will serve as an exemplar for sustainable modern living.”

With planning permission for the overall master plan already granted, initial infrastructure and groundworks have begun. Detailed planning for each phase continues, with the first homes expected to be available for sale in summer 2023.