FoSH are delighted to see that the restoration of Seafield House has reached another landmark stage with the apartments now being marketed.
There are 10 apartments each with their own distinctive character which have been named in commemoration of the life and works of Sir William Arrol. The first to be completed will be Apartment 6, “The Forth”, which is the only new build apartment in the development. It is built on the footprint of the former conservatory and has its own external entrance through the original doorway with 1888 (the year Seafield House construction began) carved above. The other apartments will be accessed via the original entrance porch and vestibule which open into the grand main hall. These are currently at different stages of construction but it is hoped that all will be completed before the end of the year. The FoSH Committee are very pleased with the progress that has been made, especially recognising the impact of the Covid pandemic and Brexit.
Robin Ghosh and Derek Shennan of Econstruct Estates Seafield Ltd have put a lot of thought and care into the restoration. The plans have given the apartments a contemporary style while retaining some of the original character features of the rooms. For example, in what was the billiard room (now Apartment 4, “The Dalmarnock”) original timbers were used as a template to recreate the curved ceiling and a large glazed roof lantern installed in the centre. This and other features can be seen in the marketing brochure which shows the floor plans for each apartment and images of how these will look once completed.
When we posted our last update in February little did we imagine that a worldwide pandemic would take hold, bringing massive challenges and changes to our lives. From March works were halted and businesses closed due to strict Coronavirus lockdown measures, including those at Seafield House. As lockdown restrictions eased work resumed on site and now much progress can be seen.
Work on Seafield House is underway and it is surrounded by scaffolding with a soft strip of the interior being carried out. Work on the new build homes on its grounds has also progressed, with the site marked out and foundations being laid.
The sales centre is open and banners have been put up showing the vision of how the finished Seafield Gardens development will look.
Friends of Seafield House will be following the build and sharing photographs on the website as it develops. Check out the timeline on our Gallery page to see how it changes over time.
SAVE Newsletter, Summer 2014 – Seafield House article
SAVE Britain’s Heritage continue to provide tremendous support to the Friends of Seafield House and have featured an update on the Seafield House campaign in their Summer 2014 newsletter. The article covers the neglect of Seafield House, the continued refusal by NHS Ayrshire & Arran of the £1,000 financial assistance SAVE offered towards gutter cleaning, and our hope that the sale will be concluded soon with a sympathetic new owner.
The Summer 2014 newsletter provides updates on SAVE’s ongoing campaigns, including the recent success of their campaign to save Smithfield Market. Download the full Summer 2014 newsletter from the SAVE website.
SAVE Newsletter, October 2013 – Seafield House extract
SAVE Britain’s Heritage continue to provide tremendous support to the Friends of Seafield House. Further to making Seafield House their building of the month, they have featured an article on the Seafield House campaign in their October 2013 newsletter. The newsletter provides updates on SAVE’s ongoing campaigns, including Seafield House, and buildings that have been saved, lost or are at risk.