Marchmont House




Greenlaw, Scottish Borders

Reinstating a stately home to its original, stunning design

Project Details
In 1750 the Earl of Marchmont commissioned William Adam to design and build a grand home in the heart of the Marchmont Estate, east of the village of Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders. The property was then extended between 1914 and 1917 when Sir Robert Lorimer added another floor and lowered the ground at the front of the property to create a new entrance and to link adjacent pavilions.

During the 1980s the property was used as a nursing home by Sue Ryder Care foundation which gave the once grand house an institutionalised and functional air.

What was involved
Current owners developed plans to carry out significant alterations and refurbishment to reinstate the house to its former design, in line with the original architect’s vision.

“It’s a hell of a life achievement…my father’s extraordinary dream and passion has brought all of this about”
Hugo Burge, current owner of Marchmont House

The goal was to renovate Marchmont House in a practical way – emphasis on the ‘homely’ rather than ‘stately’. A six-year restoration project was carried out the ensured the craft and design tradition was maintained and could be observed throughout the home.

Thomson Gray worked closely with the client and designer on a quasi-construction management basis with all 20 subcontractors being directly employed by the client.

We advised on procurement and subcontract arrangements and managed the interim payments on an ongoing monthly basis – including agreement of work package final accounts.

Project Outcomes
Successful High Quality restoration of building

Award Winning Conservation and Design
As a result of the significant alterations and refurbishment, Marchmont House has gone on to receive design, restoration and construction awards:

“From start to finish, the restoration works at Marchmont House were both fascinating and rewarding. It was a unique journey to see the local craftsmen successfully bring the building back to its former glory”
Alan Brown, Senior Associate

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