Restored Listed Harbour House

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Project Details

Harbour House was derelict and in need of attention. Viewpoint Housing Association saw the potential in purchasing this Grade ‘B’ Listed building and re-constructing it to be used as individual flats.

The project had a long lead in time and Christopher Dinnis Associates were involved from the beginning right through to completion. We helped to secure the appropriate permissions and Historic Scotland grant funding in order to make the project happen. This particular project was also a part of Kirkcaldy’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Following various proposals and consultations with the Planners and other conservation organisations, the final design solution was reached. A range of bespoke flats were to be housed in the various levels of the existing main house with a new build extension to the rear containing two further flats and a curved stairwell for access.

To facilitate the reconstruction process, the existing roof and all the internal floors and walls were to be demolished with only the external walls remaining. These stone perimeter walls were then held in postion using retention scaffolding as the works progressed. A central spine wall was constructed with the floors inserted one-by-one to separate the flats into their discrete units. Many of the flats were designed as maisonettes, benefiting from the multiple levels. Internally period Georgian details were recreated with the inclusion of high ceilings, cornice work and shutter details. The glazing units installed were traditional lead weighted sash and case windows with astragals.

Externally, lime render was applied to the rear and side elevations in consultation with the Scottish Lime Centre. The front dressed-stone elevation had previously been painted and so a special substance was applied to remove most of the paint without damaging the stonework. The stone is still weathering down to its original natural state. New stone copes, chimneys, window surrounds and cornicing were also reinstated together with all the appropriate traditional lead roof and secret gutter details.

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