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Accolade for restoration project


THE sympathetic restoration of a Scottish mansion house has secured an award in a UK wide competition.

The project, at Larbert House and Country Estate in Stirlingshire, has secured Residential Development Category Award, for Central Scotland, in the UK Property Awards 2017, in association with Bentley Motors.

It will now be judged in the national finals, which will be announced at an event in The London Lancaster Hotel on Friday, October 27.

It is the second honour for the project, which picked up Best Renovation Project, Scotland title at the 2015 Real Estate and Property Awards.

It was also nominated for accolades at the Scottish Home Awards 2016, and a finalist at The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2015.

The scheme, being carried out by Newcastle based All Saints Living, has seen the creation of 20 luxury apartments in a restored 19th Century Mansion House.

When completed, a further 10 mews houses and eight executive detached properties will be developed within the gardens.

Sonali Craddock, marketing director, said: “This is a prestigious scheme in an extremely beautiful setting and are delighted that the painstaking work we have carried out has been recognised in such a way.”

Local skills are being sought to complete the final phase of the project, with All Saints Living enlisting the help of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce to find contractors to help carry out the work.

Most trades are needed including: Stone masons, brick layers, electricians, joiners, plumbers, plasterers, roofers, kitchen fitters and painters and decorators.

A briefing will be held at the site (FK5 3NR) on Thursday, October 5 between 2 and 6pm.

To secure a place, just email or call 0191 211 4130.

Set within a landscape of mature trees, wild meadow its own private loch, Larbert House was the vision of industrialist Sir Gilbert Stirling.

In 1822 he appointed architect David Hamilton, widely regarded as the father of architecture in Glasgow, to design a mansion house that would match and compliment the splendour of the surrounding countryside.

The house was extended by then owner, Sir John Graham, in 1904, when servants’ quarters were constructed.

Sir John lived at Larbert House until he died in 1926, after which the estate changed hands several times until it was severely damaged by fire in 2006.

However, inspired by both the surroundings and the buildings that remained – in conjunction with Historic Scotland – All Saints Living determined to breathe new life into the house and estate.

With its headquarters in Cuthbert House, Newcastle, The High Street Group was established by successful entrepreneur Gary Forrest in 2004.

It has grown to become a leading financial and property group employing over 100 people in activities including large scale property development, developer finance and financial claims.