Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
Multi-agency funded project including over £1m in HLF grant to carry out extensive repairs, alterations and conservation of the built fabric to the property acquired by E H Hornel in 1901. A townhouse and garden in Kirkcudbright, which was his main residence for the rest of his life. There he made several modifications to the house and designed its garden taking inspiration from his travels in Japan. He also made an addition of a gallery for his paintings employing Keppie Architects with the initials ‘CRM’ appearing on many of the original drawings archived at the property. A painter of some renown and associated with the Glasgow Boys, Hornel was a prolific collector – of books and manuscripts in particular.
I co-ordinated the project through the development stages, preparing and submitting applications to funding bodies including Round 1 and 2 HLF applications while supervising both the external Design Team and the internal NTS specialists. As at Newhailes, the project involved extensive structural repairs, installation of new services and a fire suppression system all of which necessitated the packing up and removal to storage of the entire contents of the house. I directed this process and indeed joined an army of volunteers to pack a few hundred of the 14 thousand or so books!