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Conservation of Earth Schoolhouse Completed

Following four years of meticulous conservation work, the Trust's Little Houses Improvement Scheme is pleased to announce the completion of their project at the Old Schoolhouse at Logie near Montrose in Angus. Built in the early decades of the nineteenth century with walls of mud and straw.

Logie Schoolhouse survives as rare and remarkably complete example of a late vernacular earth building which also served its community as a Sunday School and church. Abandoned in 1990, years of neglect had taken their toll on the building's vulnerable clay fabric and it was under threat of imminent demolition. Thanks to the efforts of concerned neighbors the schoolhouse has now been lovingly restored and converted into a single bedroom dwelling. Logie Schoolhouse provided the opportunity for the LHIS to embrace a conserve as found methodology where the repair of existing fabric would take precedence over any new interventions which were intended to blend seamlessly with the old. Little effort has been made to tidy up appearances for their own sake and a patina of age has been maintained. As well, the unmodified nature of the building's plan was of great significance and it was determined that new functions should be sensitively inserted in existing spaces with as little alteration as possible. The result is a charmingly idiosyncratic dwelling on an attractive site with plenty of garden ground overlooking a tributary to the North Esk River. For a plan of the building click here. For almost two centuries Logie Schoolhouse stood at the heart of its small community. It has now been given a viable new use which should ensure its preservation for years to come.

This project relied on the generous support of Angus Council, Historic Scotland, and the Scottish Government through its Rural Empty Properties Grant scheme. As a condition of the Scottish Government grant the schoolhouse will be made available at an affordable level of rent in the local community for six years. When this period has expired the property will be put on the market and the proceeds of the sale retuned to the LHIS revolving fund for similar projects in the future. In addition to financial support, these works would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of a skilled project team. Arc Chartered Architects served as lead consultant while Thomson & Douglas Limited served as general contractors with Little and Davie Construction providing expertise in earth repairs.

Peterhead, Threadneedle St./St. Andrews St.

The LHIS has recently acquired a collection of largely derelict buildings in Peterhead dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The buildings contain interesting original features, and form a key element in the streetscape of the town's old burgh where unfortunately much neglect and under-investment has occurred in the past.

In association with the Tenants First Housing Co-operative and Inspire - Partnership Through Life the LHIS plans to repair and adapt the buildings to community care housing. The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fun, Historic Scotland and the Christina Mary Hendrie Trust. Generous grants have also been received from trusts and foundations, local businesses and individuals.

The development and restoration of these properties will help to restore an important and historic streetscape whilst bringing new life to the old burgh and giving derelict buildings a residential purpose. It is also hoped that the project will play a part in a larger conservation and regeneration programme within the town.

For further information on the project or to find out how to make a donation please contact:

Ms Sian Loftus
LHIS Manager
The National Trust for Scotland
Hermiston Quay
5 Cultins Road
Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom EH11 4DF

Or for further please call 0131 243 9448 or email: sloftus@nts.org.uk

This project would not be possible without the generous assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust, SITA Trust, Pilgrim Trust, Russell Trust, the Architectural Heritage Fund, The Cattanach rust, the Co-operative Community Fund, Leche Trust, the Shand legacy, Dalrymple Donaldson Fund, Mrs Margaret Guido's Charitable Trust, David Solomons Charitable Trust, the Mary Salmon Trust and other trusts and individuals that wish to remain anonymous. The project has received generous Landfill Third Party Contributions from National Trust for Scotland Aberdeen & District Members' Centre, Argyll Members' Group, Banff & Moray Members' Centre, Dundee Members' Group, Edinburgh Members' Centre and Stirling Members' Centre.

For further information or to make a donation to current or future LHIS projects, please contact the National Trust for Scotland's Buildings Department on 0131 243 9449.