Work on the second phase of the Mount Stuart Trust’s ‘Masterplan Development Project’ for its empty properties around Bute is under way.
Demolition work has begun at the former Ambrismore farm, near Scalpsie Bay - the first of six sites in Phase 2 of the project to create high-quality residential homes and self-catering accommodation around the island.
Once completed, Ambrismore will offer three new build homes and a three-bedroom byre conversion. This cluster of energy efficient dwellings will all feature their own large garden and sit within beautiful communal landscaped grounds.
The heating at Ambrismore will be provided by a social biomass boiler and all homes will be highly insulated, keeping residents’ energy bills to a minimum and ensuring energy efficiency.
Alistair McIntyre, head of buildings and facilities for the Mount Stuart Trust, said: “We are very excited that work has begun on what is potentially one of the largest rural regeneration projects on a Scottish estate.
“At the start of August we held a two day exhibition of the proposals at the Mount Stuart Visitor Centre which attracted around 70 island residents who gave a fantastic response to the project and provided really useful feedback on the plans.
“The regeneration of the six sites on Bute is going to be a transformative process and we expect all properties at Ambrismore to be complete and available for occupation around September 2015.”
The first phase of the Masterplan, which ran from 2009 to 2011, saw the redevelopment of two historic buildings within the policies at Mount Stuart, namely Kennels and Stables providing three holiday lets and one residential let, together with the construction of a prototype dwelling which forms the basis for the design of the new build units at Ambrismore.
Other sites in the second phase of the project include Quien, a short distance away from Ambrismore on the other side of Scalpsie Bay, and Woodend House on the western shore of Loch Fad.