£7.4m Peter Pan fantasy made a reality in Dumfries
February 19 2018
The cash is funding conversion work at Moat Brae house to create a centre for children’s literature and storytelling, to designs by LDN Architects.
Contractor Balfour Beatty is already on-site to renovate the Georgian townhouse and gardens for its new use with completion expected by autumn of this year. Upon completion the house will include an education suite, café, shop and interpretative display to inspire visitors with tales from Neverland.
A £600k shortfall must still be plugged before work can be fully completed however, with the hope that this sum can be obtained from the Scottish government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
Built in 1823 as a private residence the home subsequently fell into dereliction by the 1990’s prior to being taken on by the Moat Brae Trust.
Pirate games played by Barrie in the Moat Brae gardens helped to inspire his Peter Pan story in later life
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