Project Overview

project name: Dumfries House, Main House Upgrade
quantity surveyor: McGowan Miller
client: Dumfries House Trust
services consultant: DMP Consulting Engineers Ltd
value: £1.3m
structural engineer: David Narro Associates
architect: Dovecot Architects
main contractor: Taylor and Fraser

Following its acquisition by the Duke of Rothesay, Taylor and Fraser were appointed to install a modern heating system and biomass heat source to the Historic Grade A Listed Dumfries House. A project which quickly developed into a complete electrical re-wire, and the installation of plumbing and water services. To facilitate the Building Services works, service routes were required to be established within the building fabric necessitating downtaking works and extensive lifting and relaying of floor boards.

Scope of Work

There were a substantial number of unique and valuable items including Chippendale furniture, ornate fireplaces, original library casements, and historic tapestries within the building that the Client was unable to relocate. This lead to a substantial requirement for special protection. An added feature of the introduction of heat to the building was that it could only be done very gradually so as not to damage the internal fabric and fitments, this was controlled through sensors located at each valuable item.

  • Works associated with Grade “A” listed building
  • New Biomass Boiler and associated systems
  • New Heating System using traditional cast iron radiators and heat emitters
  • Electrical re-wiring and fire alarm system throughout
  • New Building Management System
  • Uplifting of floors to create services routes
  • Specialist protection measures
  • Conservation of the building fabric
  • Roof leadwork
  • Downtakings and reinstatement of the building fabric to accommodate services
  • Refurbishment of existing floors and the building fabric including new timber doors, handrails, and specialist carpentry to match existing
  • New specialist kitchens
  • New hot and cold-Water Services and drainage stacks
  • New sanitary ware to match historical existing installation