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GRAS appointed to refurbish the A-listed Malleny House in Balerno


We are delighted to announce success in winning a commission to provide architectural services and lead a design team for the refurbishment of the Category A-listed Malleny House in Balerno, just outside Edinburgh.

Malleny House is thought to date originally from the 16th century and owned by the National Trust for Scotland.  Surrounded by beautiful gardens with 400-year-old yew trees, the main central part of the building dates originally from the 16th century and consists of a harled and gabled laird’s house very much in the Scots style of the period, to which a single-storey bow-fronted Georgian wing was added in 1820 at one end and a later 19th century crenelated Gothic wing at the other. To the front of the house exists a 17th century doocot.

The building has lain empty and largely unused for several years and the intention is now to comprehensively repair and upgrade it to modern standards. It is envisaged that the main central section will return to good quality tenanted accommodation, undertaking necessary service upgrades, fabric repairs and internal refurbishment, with the Georgian wing refurbished and retained by the NTS for private events and provided with improved amenities, and the Gothic wing converted to a new use capable of generating an income stream.

The initial appointment will deliver the project to completion of RIBA Stage 3 including submission of applications for planning and listed building consent and provision of a Stage 3 Report. Appointment to RIBA Stage 4 and beyond is subject to internal NTS approval. Work on this commission has already commenced, a team led by GRAS’ Stephen Copp having recently undertaken a LiDAR survey of the property both internally and externally from which a 3D model and high-resolution scaled orthographic images and elevational drawings will be produced.