If you are a subscriber to the ScottishLaird Newsletter (here) you will already know that we are planning big things at Dunans this year. One of these is a new reception and office building at the top of the drive which we will be making out of recovered containers.
This sustainable, carbon-neutral and highly-efficient new building will mean we can welcome all our Lairds and Ladies when they arrive, we can also ensure they are properly parked up and nice and dry while they wait for their tour ... or their picnic ... or their cup of delightful Dunans tea ... or even to be shown where their plot is on our plot finder app.
But its not all about our community. Its also about the bridge. And the castle. While the siting of the new installation will not intrude on the setting of either of our listed buildings, the bridge will benefit because with a reception and office at the drivehead delivery vans and lorries won't be tempted to cross. With less traffic over the Telford-designed A-listed span, repairs and maintenance can progress unimpeded.
As for the castle, one of the issues our Health and Safety consultants highlighted was the possibility of unaccompanied access to the ruin. We've partially solved this with signage and fencing, but there will always be a visitor who thinks erroneously that H&S applies only to others. This risk, among others means that we can reassure both contractors and insurers that no unauthorised access will happen, and that all visitors will be accompanied.
Subject to planning approval this is the first of several big developments in 2019, and this is the one on which all the others depend! More of these exciting developments soon!
Here are the initial drafts:
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