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.
Sadly Robin Ghosh, of econstruct design & build website, was unable to attend the FoSH AGM on 19 May, due to family illness. Instead he gave an update to Lianne Hackett, FoSH Secretary, to be read out at the AGM.
We are making progress on Seafield House, but the pace is a little slower than planned.
We are working up our planning application. The phase 1 habitat survey is now complete.
This has shown that there are no protected species other than bats. We will commission a
specialist bat survey in due course.
The tree survey is underway. The full survey will be complete in the next two weeks.
This work is in preparation for the constraints plan for the site. Again, this is underway.
We have completed minor remedial works on site. Lower level gutters are now clean. We
have given the green light to a specialist company that will clear the upper gutters.
We have installed new security lighting and have two further light standards to go in. This will
be done shortly.
We appreciate that more substantial work is needed. This is a big commitment for us, as a
small company. We are looking into a joint-funding approach to reinstate the roof. We want
to do this soonest as reinstating the roof is key to getting the building wind and watertight.
This work is at an early stage.
We hope to hold a community BBQ over the coming months to meet local residents and
communicate more of our plans.
Robin Ghosh, as dictated to Lianne Hackett, FoSH Secretary on 19 May 2015
We look forward to hearing further news of Robin’s progress.
David Miller, BBC Scotland’s environment and transport correspondent, returned to his roots on Friday to cover a story on the future of Seafield House. Having had his tonsils removed at Seafield Children’s Hospital, David had a personal interest in the story of the building.
Committee members of Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) together with Robin Ghosh of econstruct,who recently bought the house, gathered in the grounds of Seafield to be interviewed for radio and TV.
David Miller, BBC correspondent, interviewing outside Seafield House
FoSH committee members were asked about the importance of the house and what had inspired em to campaign to save it, whilst Robin Ghosh, was asked about his plans for future development of Seafield House and it’s grounds.
The recent introduction of the Clydesdale Bank £5 note, bearing the portrait of Sir William Arrol, has helped raise his profile in the public domain. It is exciting to see that now the house he built will also have it’s profile raised through these radio and TV features.
We don’t yet know when the items will broadcast but we will be sure to post it on the website, facebook and twitter feeds once we do know.
Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) welcomes the sale of Seafield House and grounds toeconstruct design and build, an Ayr-based developer founded by Robin Ghosh. Seafield House is SAVED! The sale was concluded yesterday, Friday 10 October 2014. Econstruct plan to restore Seafield House as residential apartments and build a small number of new-build houses in the grounds.
We extend our warmest thanks to all those who supported our campaign to SAVE Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr. We thank those who became Friends, attended public meetings, visited our exhibitions & posted messages of support on our website/Facebook page & Twitter feed. We thank in particular Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, and his colleagues, who have been the head, heart and soul of our campaign from day one.
A new chapter is opening for Seafield House. We wish Robin Ghosh and his colleagues all success and will support them as they follow through the planning and consents process.
Again, we extend our warmest thanks to all those who supported our campaign to SAVE Seafield House, Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr.