A NEWCASTLE architects practice has landed a substantial contract to breathe new life back into a historic Scottish castle.
PJC Architecture said the work on Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh would be its first project north of the border and is the latest exciting deal for the firm which has seen turnover grow 60% in the last six months.
PJC was established 12 years ago and employs a small team of five, including company founder Paul Conn. It has worked on some of the foremost historic properties in the region.
Conn met with planners from the Midlothian Council last week to discuss plans to upgrade the 800-year-old castle, which is now a modern luxury hotel.
“We really pride ourselves on the work we do with listed buildings, looking at every detail, the historic fabric of the building, as well as its character and how it can be retained, preserved and, indeed, improved,” he said.
PJC Architecture have been working with Dalhousie’s new owner Robert Parker on his portfolio of hotels including Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall in Northumberland. Having acquired Dalhousie Castle, Parker retained the company in order to ensure uniformity and quality of workmanship across the hotels.
Work to be completed at Dalhousie includes a £100,000 resurfacing of all driveways and car parks, refurbishment of the hotel bathrooms and of the treatment rooms and spa area. There is a programme to redecorate and re-carpet the entire hotel which has seen little or no investment under the previous owner for a decade.