Project Overview

project name: Dalkeith Country Estate, Redevelopment of Historic Stables
quantity surveyor: Axiom
client: Buccleuch Recreational Enterprises Ltd
services consultant: Harley Haddow
value: £5.44m
structural engineer: David Narro Associates
architect: Malcolm Fraser Architects
main contractor: Taylor and Fraser

The project comprised the restoration and redevelopment of an existing ‘Grade A’ listed Stable Block (of circa 20,000 sq.ft.) within the grounds of Dalkeith Palace Estate. The historic building successfully converted into a visitor facility, incorporating an extended retail and café facility together with rental accommodation.

The works involved both refurbishment and new build elements. All aspects of the work had to be planned and executed to the highest standards and in a way that was totally sympathetic to the historic building and its surroundings.

Scope of Work

The project received the 2017 RICS Scotland Building Conservation Award and was Highly Commended in the Tourism and Leisure Category, as well as receiving the Regeneration and Conservation Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards.

  • The refurbishment involved an internal strip-out, the creation of structural openings and extensive renovation works to existing stone and slate roofing
  • Conservation of existing stonework facades
  • The new-build work involved the creation of two single-storey extensions one to become a retail block and the other a cafeteria. These extensions were steel framed, zinc clad with large areas of glazed screens, decorative glulam columns and transoms
  • Zinc Cladding and roofing
  • Glulam Structural Frame
  • Two new car parks – a main one and an overflow car park. This involved access road realignment, ground stabilisation and the creation of pedestrian access routes
  • SUDS System within protected environment
  • Installation full new site services including gas, water, electricity, data and drainage
  • New hard and soft landscaping was formed within the stables’ courtyard and generally throughout the site
  • New mechanical, electrical and plumbing services including lighting and security of data install
  • Structural Repairs, conservation and Restoration Works to historic Orangery and bridge over the North Esk river