Heritage and Building Re-use

Fraserburgh 2021: Heritage Regeneration

A team led by Alan Marshall (Conservation Architect) and DWA was commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council in early 2013 to carry out a review of historic buildings in Fraserburgh town centre to identify those suitable for conservation, repair and appropriate restoration to provide a viable future use that will contribute to the regeneration of the town.  As a result of the recommendations the Fraserburgh Town Centre Conservation Area was declared in January 2015.

The Team with WMUD were then commissioned to assist in preparing Round 1 and Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund Townscape Heritage applications. The Fraserburgh 2021 Heritage Regeneration vision is to ‘transform the image and quality of the commercial core of Fraserburgh by investing in the unique built and cultural heritage’.  This vision will be delivered by adopting an integrated approach targeting the unique townscape of the area, by building on the strength of local use, encouraging enterprise, businesses to start up and grow, appropriate residential investment and improving the connections.  To achieve this vision, a series of four strategic themes were established, refined through the development phase and finalised as a comprehensive Activities Plan with priority projects.  DWA also assisted in preparing first and second stage Regeneration Capital Grant Fund applications.

Back Green Bunkhouse, Portsoy


DWA assisted North East Scotland Preservation Trust in the preparation of the successful Heritage Enterprise grant application  to restore the Category B listed Ropery buildings for reuse as a 25 bed space bunkhouse managed by the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (STBF).  The Ropery Buidings had been on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland since 1997.  The Heritage Enterprise application was the first in Scotland to be approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  The commission included preparing a viability appraisal to highlight the local economic development stimulus and social enterprise implications for STBF. The project received an HLF Heritage Enterprise grant of £878k and work started on site in July 2015.

Fraserburgh 2021: Saltoun Square & Former Police Station: Business Case

Saltoun-Chambers-FraserburghDWA was commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to prepare the Business Case for an innovative mix of new uses for the iconic B listed buildings, including an Enterprise Hub with state of the art ‘open access’ pre/start up advice and business networking facilities.  The Enterprise Hub would improve diversity of opportunity, accelerate indigenous business growth and ensure a pipeline of succession businesses in Fraserburgh.  The restored Chambers would accommodate community/civic functions and the Council’s Worksmart/WorkSPACE, customer service point.

The work included undertaking an on-line questionnaire to assess demand for the Enterprise Hub see Link  and preparing Stages 1 & 2 Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund bids and input to Heritage Lottery Fund Townscape Heritage Round 1 & 2 applications.

Climbing and Outdoor Activity Centre: Kilmarnock: Business Case


DWA was commissioned by Above Adventure to prepare the business case for the development of a Climbing and Outdoor Activity Centre in the Former Grange Church (Category B listed) in Woodstock Street in Kilmarnock. Above Adventure secured Big Lottery Fund/‘Awards For All’ grant funding.  The Centre would provide a range of facilities including boulder, climbing and abseiling walls, changing facilities and café.  Included a strategic review to test the idea and identify the ramifications in terms of finance, resources and volunteer time and a financial assessment with a three year cash flow to assess viability and phasing.  The Business Case is being used to support capital funding bids. Illustration by the project architect John Gilbert Associates.

Carluke High Mill: Business Development


DWA provided business development advice to assisting the Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust team who undertook the Options Appraisal for Carluke Development Trust. The aim was to explore the potential for repair and re-use of the category A listed High Mill at Chapel Street in Carluke. The DWA input included undertaking a market appraisal to assess demand and competing facilities, identifying community aspirations for the building/site, confirming the development concept and key elements followed by market testing. The preferred option is a new social enterprise operating the Carluke High Mill site and Mill as one operation focussing on a live milling using the original Tangye engine, market garden, renewable energy and café/restaurant & cook school.


Heritage Lottery Fund

Doug is included in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Register of Support Services 2013-2016. HLF plans to invest £375m a year of lottery money over the next five years with new funding streams and initiatives to respond to current conditions and emerging challenges.  The new strategic framework also sets out plans designed to stimulate local economic growth with a new Heritage Enterprise scheme designed to fund partnerships – including social and private enterprises – to develop sustainable new uses for the most challenging historic sites.

Townscape Heritage: Providing the economic regeneration component to TH projects in Fraserburgh, Falkirk, Dalkeith, Stromness, Paisley, Govan, Wick and Douglas in South Lanarkshire.

Falkirk Townscape Heritage

DWA prepared the economic regeneration inputs to the Round 2 application that included an economic baseline, wider town centre regeneration strategy and action plan with training and community activities components for Falkirk Council. The action plan was developed with significant community and business involvement.

Falkirk THIWhite House: Craigmillar: Prepared aBusiness Plan for a high street hub in the Grade B listed Art Deco roadhouse for PARC Craigmillar and SSCI/A+DS

Darvel  Former Co-op Buildings: Options Appraisal and Feasibility Study that formed the basis for an application for Town Centre Regeneration Funding for East Ayrshire Council.

Cross Keys Hotel in Dalkeith: Business case for mixed use restoration of the ‘B’ listed building as part of the Architectural Heritage Fund Options Appraisal. Included market analysis, economic, social and environmental benefits, financial analysis and viability for Dalkeith Business Renewal.

Cockermouth Town Hall Feasibility: Feasibility to identify opportunities to broaden and intensify community use of Grade 2 Listed building for Cockermouth Partnership.