SAVE make Seafield House their Building of the Month

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SAVE Britain’s Heritage is a campaigning and conservation group championing the cause of endangered historic buildings. SAVE have been firm supporters of Friends of Seafield House from the beginning, offering fantastic support and advice.  We are delighted that, on the back of Ryden’s marketing drive and Developers Open Day, SAVE have featured Seafield House on their website as Building of the Month.

SAVE President Marcus Binney says: “we welcome the NHS trust’s decision to put the house on the market with the focus on restoration by means of enabling development. It is vital that the price sought takes account of the work needed to repair the listed building. The NHS Trust that owns it does not insure it as it has a self-insuring policy. In this case no money at all has been spent on repairs. To achieve a good scheme with a sensitive and a not excessive amount of new build in the grounds, it is vital to acknowledge the need for a scheme which provides the necessary investment in the historic building. It is also vital that in any planning permission the developer is obliged to repair the building at the same time that the first quarter of the development takes place. There should be no prospect of the land being sold off separately for development while the house is left derelict and unrepaired.”

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Sir William Arrol being honoured in Glasgow

A plaque to honouring the achievements of Sir William Arrol is to be placed on Great Western Bridge near to the entrance to Kelvinbridge subway station in Glasgow.  Sir William Arrol was the contractor resonsible for building the Forth Rail Bridge, Tay Bridge, Tower Bridge and many other bridges, including the Great Western Bridge. The Institution of Civil Engineers suggested the plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir William Arrol’s death.

See the article in the Evening Times website for further information.

Forth Bridge Photographic Competition

The Forth Bridges Forum is looking for entries for their photo competition for the Forth Rail Bridge.   Sir William Arrol was the contractor for the bridge which was built between 1883 and 1889.   Photographs entered into the competition will help with the Management Plan that will form part of the Forth Bridge’s World Heritage Nomination to UNESCO.

There are two categories:

Best Contemporary Photograph, to find the best views of the Bridge

Best Historical Photograph, to showcase old family pictures of the Forth Bridge

The winners of the competitions will be able to claim  a VIP visit to the Forth Bridge. Winners will also receive a copy of the recently published book ‘Forth Bridge: Restoring an Icon’.

Further details and instructions to submit an entry can be found on the Forth Bridges Forum website.

Closing date for entries is 30 September 2013.

Responses for a Joint Consultation on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland are published

Ninety of the responses from the consultation by the Scottish Government between 8 May 2013 and 31 July 2013 have now been published on the Scottish Government website, including the response submitted by Friends of Seafield House.  The consultation was on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and the Merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

See the Scottish Government website to download details of all the responses submitted and download the response submitted by Friends of Seafield House.

New Enabling Development Opportunity Marketing Campaign for Seafield House including Open House on 16 September 2013

image of advert which appeared in the Ayrshire Post

Ayrshire Post – Ryden advert

Ryden has recently launched a new marketing campaign for Seafield House that stresses the enabling development opportunities that the 6.67 acres of grounds offer to those who take on the restoration of the B-Listed Seafield House. In the campaign, Ryden highlights the importance of Seafield House as the former residence of Sir William Arrol [1839-1913], whose company constructed iconic engineering landmarks including the Forth Rail Bridge & London Tower Bridge.

See the Ryden website for details of the sale of Seafield House.

Download Ryden’s marketing brochure for Seafield House –   Ryden_Seafield House_Aug13

Open Day on 16th September

The campaign includes an Open Day for developers and other interested parties on Monday 16 September from 1.30pm-5.00pm at the Savoy Park Hotel, 16 Racecourse Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7 2UT. Savoy Park Hotel is located a short drive from Seafield House. Site visits will be arranged throughout the afternoon. Developers & interested parties should contact Russell Rutherford at Ryden by email russell.rutherford@ryden.co.uk  or on 0141 204 3838.

Representatives from Friends of Seafield House and SAVE Britain’s Heritage will be attending the Open Day.

Press Coverage

SAVE have made Seafield House their Building of the Month on the back of the current marketing drive.

SAVE President Marcus Binney says: “we welcome the NHS trust’s decision to put the house on the market with the focus on restoration by means of enabling development. It is vital that the price sought takes account of the work needed to repair the listed building. The NHS Trust that owns it does not insure it as it has a self-insuring policy. In this case no money at all has been spent on repairs. To achieve a good scheme with a sensitive and a not excessive amount of new build in the grounds, it is vital to acknowledge the need for a scheme which provides the necessary investment in the historic building. It is also vital that in any planning permission the developer is obliged to repair the building at the same time that the first quarter of the development takes place. There should be no prospect of the land being sold off separately for development while the house is left derelict and unrepaired.”

image of newspaper article about the sale of Seafield House

Herald Commercial Property section – feature on the sale of Seafield House

image of article from the Ayrshire Post showing a photograph of the derelict Seafield House.

Ayrshire Post, 20 September 2013


Newspaper article on the marketing campaign for Seafield House

Ayr Advertiser, 24 Sep 2013

Newspaper comments by Bob Shields on the Future for Seafield House.

27 Sep 2013, Ayrshire Post: Bob Shields Comments…..Bob Shields suggests that we may see nothing happen till 2088; FoSH believe that the day will come much sooner!