FoSH 9th Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE

Ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM)

of the

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH)

will be held outdoors on
Monday 6 June 2022 at 3pm *

Old Racecourse, Ayr : see blue dot on map for location

*9th AGM held over into June this year with the apologies of the FoSH Secretary

AGM AGENDA

1. Welcome and opening remarks from Patrick Lorimer, FoSH Chair

2. Ordinary business

2.1 To receive a Report from the Management Committee on the last year’s activities

2.2 To receive and approve the Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet* for the year to 31st March 2022

2.3 To receive and agree the Base Budget for the ensuing year

2.4 To appoint an independent Examiner to examine the accounts for the ensuing year **

3.0 Elections

3.1 To conduct the election of the Management Committee (“one third of the Management Committee shall retire annually and shall be eligible for re-election” – FoSH Founding Deed)

4.0 Founding Deed

4.1 To consider any Amendment(s) to the Founding Deed (Amendments to the Founding Deed may be proposed at the AGM)

*As in 2018 – 2020, there having been only a small number of transactions, the Examining is by those attending the AGM. All papers will be available for independent scrutiny at the AGM.

**Although no Examiner involved (see * above), the AGM will appoint an Examiner as per previous years.

Dated: 12 May 2022 : Notice issued by order of the FoSH Management Committee

Contact: Friends of Seafield House, c/o 4 Eglinton Terrace, Ayr KA7 1JJ

Seafield House apartments now being marketed

FoSH are delighted to see that the restoration of Seafield House has reached another landmark stage with the apartments now being marketed.

Computer generated visual of the front of Seafield House showing the building restored into apartments and the grounds landscaped.
Seafield House apartments visualisation © Econstruct Estates Seafield Ltd.

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.

You will find images, plans and marketing information on the Corum website and it is also being marketed via the Rightmove website.

Seafield House returns to Ayrshire Doors Open Days this weekend

This weekend, 11-12 September, is Ayrshire Doors Open Days and we are delighted that Kyle and Carrick Civic Society have added Seafield House to the list of buildings on offer for the second year running.

Showing Seafield House entry on the Doors Open  Days 2021 website.  With painting of Seafield House behind railings.

The link to our digital exhibition, Arrol’s Seafield House Revealed, is now live from the Doors Open Days Seafield House page. Take a tour the house, as it was in Sir William Arrol’s time, through the photographs of Bedford Lemere & Co. held by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).  Clicking on an image will link you to the original digital photograph on HES’s Canmore website, where you can use their zoom tool to explore the rooms in minute detail. It’s an excellent tool for focusing in on the interesting detail, including the architectural features such as painted tiles, decorative plasterwork and carved wood.

Be sure to check it out and the other fabulous buildings on offer this year that you can visit in person. If you are in Ayrshire why not take advantage of the opportunity to get out and visit some of them and take a walk along Doonfoot Road past Seafield House and see how renovations to the building are progressing. We’ve been taking regular photographs of the works on site and posting them on our website. So even if you can’t make it to Ayrshire you can take a virtual tour of the Seafield site, as it looks now, on our Gallery page.

Notice & Agenda : FoSH 8th AGM

In light of Covid-19 lockdown easing, FoSH has agreed that our 2021 Annual General Meeting can be held. Our 7th AGM could not be held in May 2020 given the first Covid-19 lockdown.

This AGM – our 8th – will be held as an outdoor, short, standing meeting at the rear of the Pavilion on Ayr’s Old Racecourse, which is situated opposite to Seafield House. For full details, please see the Notice & Agenda below.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE

Eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM)

of the

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH)

will be held outdoors on
Friday 14 May 2021 at 4pm

Old Racecourse, Ayr : see blue dot on map for location

AGM AGENDA

1. Welcome and opening remarks from Patrick Lorimer, FoSH Chair

2. Ordinary business

2.1 To receive a Report from the Management Committee on the last year’s activities

2.2 To receive and approve an Examined Report on the Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet for the year to 31st March 2021*

2.3 To receive and agree the Base Budget for the ensuing year

2.4 To appoint an independent Examiner to examine the accounts for the ensuing year

3.0 Elections

3.1 To conduct the election of the Management Committee (“one third of the Management Committee shall retire annually and shall be eligible for re-election” – FoSH Founding Deed) **

4.0 Founding Deed

4.1 To consider any Amendment(s) to the Founding Deed (Amendments to the Founding Deed may be proposed at the AGM)

*As in 2018 & 2019, there having been only a small number of transactions, the Examining is by the Committee with all papers available for independent scrutiny at the AGM

**As our 7thAGM could not be held in May 2020 given the Covid-19 lockdown, the third of the Management Committee that was required to retire at the 7th AGM will retire & stand for re-election at the 8th AGM.

Dated: 30 April 2021

Notice issued by order of the FoSH Management Committee
contact: Friends of Seafield House, c/o 4 Eglinton Terrace, Ayr KA7 1JJ

Seafield House Update: Work progressing after lockdown period

Photograph of the entrance to Seafield House with scaffolding erected to second floor

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.

Seafield House in Ayrshire Doors Open Days 2020 this weekend

Like many other events this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Doors Open Days 2020 has gone digital. It is offering people the chance to explore Scotland’s buildings through virtual tours, webinars, exhibitions, audio trails and other online offerings .

This weekend, 12-13 September, is Ayrshire Doors Open Days and we are delighted that Kyle and Carrick Civic Society have added Seafield House to the list of buildings on offer.

The link to our digital exhibition, Arrol’s Seafield House Revealed, will go live from the Doors Open Days Seafield House page at the weekend. This will give people the opportunity to tour the house, as it was in Sir William Arrol’s time, through the photographs of Bedford Lemere & Co. held by Historic Environment Scotland.  The page also displays the beautiful watercolour painting of Seafield House by acclaimed artist Gerard Stamp which was part of SAVE Britain’s Heritage exhibition on endangered buildings in June last year.

There are lots of other buildings with digital offerings too, so settle down with a cuppa this weekend and explore what Ayrshire has to offer from the comfort of your armchair.

Arrol’s Seafield House revealed: our new virtual exhibition

Friends of Seafield House had planned to launch the exhibition “Arrol’s Seafield House revelealed” on 16th May 2020 at Rozelle House, Ayr, in association with South Ayrshire Council, as part of 2020 Year of Coastal Waters.  The exhibition was in celebration of the 130th anniversary of the completion of Seafield House and the opening of the Forth Bridge, Sir William Arrol’s greatest construction.  However, as one of Arrol’s favourite poets, Robert Burns wrote, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley”.  Due to the COVID-19 lock-down we postponed the launch and instead bring you this virtual exhibition as a taster of the full exhibition, now planned for May 2021.

Screenshot of the home page of the exhibition titled "Arrol's Seafield House revealed" with balck and white photograph of the house.

Click on the image to enter the exhibition

 

The exhibition was created by FoSH Committee member, Kirsty Menzies, and offers a guided tour through Seafield House using the photographs of Bedford Lemere and Co., which are held by Historic Environment Scotland.  The photographs were taken by Harry Lemere on 12 May 1890, not long after the construction and interior decoration of Seafield House was completed. Our grateful thanks go to Historic Environment Scotland Archives for permission to use the images from their Bedford Lemere Seafield House collection.

Screenshot of tweet by Historic Environment Scotland on 15 June 2020 saying "William Arrol was the engineer whose company built the Forth Bridge - but have you ever wondered what his house was like?  No cantilivers in sight, but there is some rather interesting stuff from our #HESarchives in this from @ Friends Seafield!"

There may be no cantilevers in sight but we hope you will find the exhibition riveting nonetheless.

 

 

FoSH 2020 Annual General Meeting: Postponed

Given the current coronavirus lockdown and the prospect of extension, the FoSH 2020 AGM, is postponed. As set out in our Founding Deed, our AGM is to be held in May. This we have done over the past six years, but there is no prospect of being able to do so in the exceptional circumstances of this year.

The last FoSH Committee Meeting before lockdown was held on 20 February. At the meeting, the FoSH Committee agreed to hold this our seventh AGM on 18 May 2020. The meeting will instead be held at a date to be confirmed later in the year.

The FoSH Committee will give the required two-week’s notice of the new meeting date.

 

FoSH Secretary
2 May 2020

Celebrating 130 years of the Forth Bridge

On 4th March 1890 the Forth Bridge was officially opened by Edward, Prince of Wales.

The Forth Bridges are celebrating the bridge’s 130th anniversary at the Education Centre, South Queensferry, on the 4th March.  There will be a free exhibition from 12:30-17:00 and expert talks from 18:00-20:00 on construction and restoration of the bridge. Further details of the event on Facebook.

Invitation titled 'Happy Birthday Forth Bridge, 130 years' with details of times for the exhibition and talks.

The Forth Bridges Invitation to the day of celebration

The bridge was a feat of engineering, designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, and built by William Arrol & Company.  It took 8 years to complete and over 4, 000 men were involved in its construction. It took 54,000 tons of steel to build, was 2,467 metres long, and when opened had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world (521 metres).  The Prince of Wales drove the last rivet into the bridge,  assisted by William Arrol, and at the luncheon afterwards he announced that Queen Victoria had conferred a knighthood on William Arrol in recognition of his great achievement in the construction of the bridge.  Today the Bridge remains an icon of British engineering and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Front cover of the Illustrated London News from 8 March 1890

Sir William Arrol assists the Prince of Wales to place the last rivet in the Forth Rail Bridge.

Seafield House Update : Work Commences on Site

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Following South Ayrshire Council Regulatory Panel (Planning)’s unanimous approval of the Seafield House planning application for the restoration & conversion of Seafield House into apartments by Econstruct Estates Seafield and the construction, with its partner Westpoint Homes, of 27 new-build homes in the grounds, FoSH was pleased to hear from the developer on 17 February that work was to commence on site that day.

FoSH Committee Members have viewed the site and can already see progress in site preparation for the new build homes. We look forward to hearing when work commences on the first phase of the work to restore and convert into apartments Seafield House.

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