Funding award means Brough Lodge restoration can begin
Thanks to assistance from Historic Scotland, Shetland Islands Council and Shetland Amenity Trust, work will start in September on the restoration of Brough Lodge, Fetlar.
The first phase of the project will make the building wind and watertight and will cost almost £400,000. Historic Scotland has just confirmed that it will provide the final element of the funding required, issuing an offer that provides 46.29% of the cost for phase 1.
The Trust has taken care to ensure that the local community has been fully involved in the development of the project. Public meetings and consultation with the Community Council have helped to integrate the project into local plans for economic regeneration on the island.
Voluntary work has also been carried out to help save the building. Over a weekend in March, volunteers helped to salvage a number of valuable historical items and remove debris.
The services of Nicholas Groves Raines were secured for the restoration of Brough Lodge. One of Scotland’s foremost conservation architects, he has an impressive record of saving beautiful and neglected buildings and bringing them back into use, just as the Brough Lodge Trust envisages at the Fetlar property.
The work involved in Phase 1 will be carried out by the Shetland Amenity Trust. The Building Warrant is expected soon.
Pierre Cambillard, the Chairman of the Brough Lodge Trust, welcomed the news that the first phase would now go ahead. He said: ‘The Trust is very grateful to all those that have demonstrated their confidence in the project. We now need to identify sources of funding for phase 2, which will see the building fully restored. The Trust’s aim is to release the building’s full potential and ensure that it plays its part in diversifying and strengthening Fetlar’s economy.’
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