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‘Sympathetic’ Aboyne Castle extension on the cards

July 28 2016

‘Sympathetic’ Aboyne Castle extension on the cards
Groves Raines Architects have tabled plans for significant alterations and extensions to the B-listed Aboyne Castle, Aberdeenshire, to accommodate a new generation of the Huntly family.

This will see modern single storey outbuildings at the 17th century tower house demolished to create a new courtyard development which will match the existing castle in use of slate, stone and cast iron rainwater goods.

Designed in the proportions and style of the 17th century the new wing will be embedded within a Renaissance-styled garden to the south.

In their design statement the architects said: “Two new one and a half storey extensions will be added along the line of the courtyard boundary wall, providing accessible family living accommodation. These wings will be subservient to the existing listed building, constructed using high quality traditional finishes, in a sympathetic style.

“The extensions are not intended to restore the building to its original appearance but will use forms and detailing in 17th century domestic Scottish architecture.”

Masonry walls will be finished in painted wet-dash harling and natural random rubble.
Most period features within the tower house have been lost
Most period features within the tower house have been lost
The castle was heavily altered during the late seventies
The castle was heavily altered during the late seventies


#1 Posted by Terra on 29 Jul 2016 at 01:56 AM
Fantastic! Just brilliant! Well done on these plans, make it happen. :)
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 29 Jul 2016 at 13:43 PM
Nice tae see my campane fur traditional architeschure is bearing fruits. J'adore it.

Tae hink, mast ae the peope oan here and within the "architecshure community" will find this "pastiche" ur "disneyesque" aw because it doesnae contain gless boxes or wonky angled weirdness designed fur concrete modernist hipsters tae appreciate.

Well done!
Auntie Nairn
#3 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 1 Aug 2016 at 14:17 PM
No, there's something about it just not right. Too fussy, too ornamented compared to the existing - just look at those chimneys!
4/10 - could do much better.
A Local Pleb
#4 Posted by A Local Pleb on 2 Aug 2016 at 12:43 PM
Not sure if I like this, the ethics of conservation perhaps suggest that a new extension should be more of an honest contrast rather than trying to mimic.

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