The only Stevenson Manse and Church Complex lies on the Hirta, the largest island of the St Kilda Archipelago, a dual designated World Heritage Site. This complex project delivered the conservation and refurbishment of the Manse building which was in dilapidated state. The building is a scheduled monument and lies within the world heritage site, and consents and stakeholder consultations were complex.
The process of approvals required the development of a Conservation Plan and subsequent heritage impact assessments to ensure works to this building were as informed, sensitive and considered as possible.
Externally the building was re-roofed in reclaimed ballachuilish slate, traditional sash & case windows matching the original fenestration patterns were installed, and external render and paint coatings were returned as close as possible to the original intent.
Internally the property now serves as the operating based for owners, The National Trust for Scotland, providing office & retail space, public facilities and staff accommodation. This was all achieved within a reinstated floor plan, allowing visitors to sense the style and scale of Stevenson’s original design.
Delivering the construction contract in such a remote environment was challenging, however partnership working and good contractor relations ensured a two year programme of work progressed smoothly.
Main Contractor: D M Fraser of Torgormack by Beauly