Completed in 1831 as a hunting lodge and family retreat for the Duke of Sutherland by the architect sir John Wyattville. Today it’s a UK national sports centre for Olympians in archery and gymnastics as well as a “battle back” centre for wounded service personnel returning from active service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 2017 McMillan & Holder were invited to undertake significant repairs to the stone fabric forming chimneys, parapets, gables, coping, string, finials, ashlar and more. The largest of the gothic pediment sections on the front elevation of the hall, despite previous correction attempts, had begun to lose an inevitable battle with gravity and physics. Our masons were asked by Chase enterprises to catalogue, disassemble and reconstruct the entire external pediment down as far as the string course. Work here for McMillan & Holder began in autumn 2014 and due to the acute angles, access complications and delicacy of the mouldings on the copings it proved to be challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
Since then we are expecting phase 2 to begin on 2023 which will be the auditing of a condition survey with a view to repair or replacement the stone fabric of the garden architecture.