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Fate of 'at risk' Glenrothes mansion secured

October 28 2020

Fate of 'at risk' Glenrothes mansion secured

Fife councillors have granted planning consent to a rescue plan for the 17th century Leslie House near Glenrothes, former seat of the Rothes family.

The A-listed manor lies between the River Leven and Lothrie Burn and languishes on the Buildings at Risk Register following a devastating 2009 fire, which stymied previous restoration efforts by Sundial Properties.

Now Leslie House Development Company have enlisted David Baxter Partnership to fashion 28 apartments within its walls. These will be joined by a further eight new build homes to be situated on the site of the original (far larger) mansion - itself razed in a preceding 1763 fire.

Project architect Christine Stewart said: “This is one of Scotland’s most important historic buildings. Since the fire of 2009, hopes of its restoration appeared to be dashed.

“These latest designs are the result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including council planners and Historic Environment Scotland. I truly hope the committee will approve these proposals and allow this vital building to be saved.”

The planned restoration will retain surviving original features and maintain the layout of surrounding gardens and paths.

Flanking gatehouses will provide additional accommodation
Flanking gatehouses will provide additional accommodation

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