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Mavisbank - the next stage

3 August 2006

Historic Scotland has today announced funding for the next stage in securing a sustainable future for A-listed Mavisbank House in Midlothian.

Working closely with the Mavisbank Trust, Historic Scotland has identified the need to carry out an independent options appraisal to update and compare properly the various proposals  for the historic property. These were highlighted in a feasibility study undertaken by the Mavisbank Trust.

John Graham, chief executive of Historic Scotland said:
“Thanks to the work of the Mavisbank Trust, there is the opportunity to take a fresh look at possible solutions for Mavisbank House.  We are committed to finding a sustainable future for this nationally important building and we will continue to work with the Trust and all interested parties to achieve this.”

The options appraisal will be undertaken by specialists following a competitive tendering exercise with the work planned to start in September 2006 .

Notes to editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. We are responsible to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Mavisbank is considered to be one of Scotland's most important country houses, the well-documented collaboration between William Adam and the lawyer-scholar, Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, resulted in a highly original design completed in 1727. Sadly, through neglect, fire-raising and vandalism it is now a roofless, derelict shell.  Scottish Ministers now own the grounds surrounding Mavisbank House. Historic Scotland has installed internal structural scaffolding to support the derelict house and erected a security fence.

  • Mavisbank came to the nation’s attention when it was chosen as one of the Scottish buildings featured in the first series of Restoration on BBC Two. Over three million people watched the programme. The tremendous interest in this television series shows the interest and commitment to a sustainable built heritage.

For further information


Isla Macleod
Communications and Media Manager
Communications and Media
0131 668 8852
isla.macleod@scotland.gsi.gov.uk