Work is underway to install a splendid balcony at Marchmont House. At nine metres by three, it will extend informal dining in the south gallery, adding capacity for two dozen covers – with views over the west garden to the Cheviot Hills. It is a stone structure, cantilevered either side of graceful, sweeping steps to the garden. Taylor Dickinson, Smith & Garratt’s architectural technologist, precisely designed each of the 291 stones in 3D so they can be cut by CNC. She explains the extra design time is paid back many times over by saving time on site, “It’s going in like Lego … so the construction cost and disturbance to activities in the house are minimised.”
Watch for news and photographs of the finished structure next month.