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Barnbougle Castle

Galbraith were appointed as Project Managers to oversee the conversion of Barnbougle Castle, on the shores of the Firth of Forth, into one of Scotland’s premier events venues.

The conversion and refurbishment of this Category ‘A’ listed 13th century Castle required the input of a full project team involving Conservation Architects, Structural Engineers, Fire Consultants, Mechanical and Electrical Consultants, Quantity Surveyors and Health & Safety Consultants. Due to the sensitivity and complexity of the building it was essential the client was ‘hands on’ and fully involved from the outset, and Galbraith put the necessary processes in place to manage the design development throughout followed by a competitive tendering process to select and appoint the most suitable contractor for the works.

Extensive refurbishment of the roof and external stonework was followed by full internal rewiring, re-plumbing, a complete new electric heating system plus the introduction of a sprinkler system, emergency lighting and full fire alarm system to meet the requirements of Planning and Building Control. To meet the clients’ operational requirements a platform lift was discretely introduced and a full commercial kitchen which caters for a wide range of events.

With a building of such status and remarkable historic content, the project had to be planned and detailed with precision to respect both the building’s architectural merit but also preserve its artefacts, historic features and contents.  The work even involved the original marble bath, formerly hand-pumped with sea water, being preserved and returned to full working order.