Boleskine House is a Grade B Listed Building that has suffered devastating fire damage as of 2015, and it has since been placed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. In addition, and perhaps due to its eclectic history, it has also been subject to a great deal of unlawful activities such as looting and vandalism. This resulted in a second fire to the remainder of the listed building happening in 2019 which burnt the remainder of the structure, leaving just the walls of the building still standing.
We feel that we have a duty to save the property from further destruction by all means available to us. We believe that Boleskine House is an important piece of Scottish heritage, and that it has the potential to bring business into the local economy and to provide outlets for educational resources on Scottish history and heritage. Furthermore, we consider that Boleskine House can be transformed from an abandoned and unmaintained plot of land into a place that can serve both local, national and international communities who share an interest in the house.
In the following section, we wish to provide clear information so that interested parties will understand the components for the project.
According to a recent estimated budget works survey that was carried out in April 2019, a complete restoration of the fire-damaged Boleskine House will cost in the region of £730,000. This estimate uses the BCIS re-building rates, and is broken down into percentages for the different building components, adapting these rates to suit the specific situation at Boleskine House. This was before the 2019 fire, which has now damaged the building further and increased the rebuild costs.
Combined with the purchase of the land (£335,000), this preliminary overall cost figure we are now working with is £1.2m. Furthermore, we also hope to restore the original Georgian gardens of the estate and to repair the driveway and gates, all of which will require further funds and volunteers.
The restoration of Boleskine House will be what is known as a conservation deficit, meaning that it is a loss-making endeavour. It is for this reason that we will seek whatever assistance we can through publicly accessible grants and crowdfunding campaigns.
The project will include the complete restoration of Boleskine House and its surrounding gardens. It is our wish to ensure the result of the work is favourable to the house’s historical legacy with Jacobean and Georgian features.
It is currently difficult to say how long this project will take, and it will vary depending on the amount of financial assistance we can secure. We hope to have the building wind and watertight by the end of 2021.
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