Funding Secured for Phase 1 of Brough Lodge Restoration
Ambitious plans to save one of Shetland’s most remarkable buildings have taken a major step forward. Historic Scotland announced in March 2010 that it will contribute £149,000 to Phase 1 of the restoration of Brough Lodge, meaning that the building can be secured and made wind and watertight.
The total cost of Phase 1 will amount to almost £380,000.
Shetland Islands Council and Shetland Amenity Trust will also contribute to the project, and Brough Lodge Trust itself has developed innovative ways of raising funds.For example, Trust Patron Aly Bain recently raised £1,200 by giving a benefit concert with co-musician Phil Cunningham in Glasgow.
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.
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 we envisage for Brough Lodge.
Work is expected to start on Phase 1 in the autumn of 2010. In the meantime, we are looking at ways of attracting funding for Phase 2.