Just as we close for the festive-break we have been notified of another success for 2018 … listed building consent has been granted by Highland Council for a comprehensive scheme at Kinloch Castle on the Island of Rum. Acting for the body that wishes to save this imperilled A-listed building, Smith & Garratt designed the scheme – which provides 11 heritage suites and B&B beds for 42 visitors – and submitted reports and plans in October. The council took only seven weeks to make its statutory consultations, which were unanimously supportive, and to issue consent for the scheme. Formerly one of Scotland’s grandest houses, and latterly with the rear wings used as a hostel for visitors to the island, Kinloch Castle ceased to be fit for occupation in 2012. It has deteriorated since and is prominent on the Register of Buildings at Risk. This is a positive early step on the way to rescuing this remarkable building, and we look forward to making greater steps in 2019.
Wishing all Smith & Garratt contacts a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!