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Architect wins first Scottish contract

Thursday 1 November 2012 6:00

A Newcastle architect has landed a contract to help restore one of Scotland's oldest castles.

Newcastle-based architectural firm PJC Architecture has been awarded a sizable contract to breathe life back into well known Scottish historic site, Dalhousie Castle.

The company’s first contract in Scotland marks the end of a six month period in which it says it has grown by 60%.

The work to be completed at Dalhousie includes a £100,000 resurfacing of all driveways and car parks, refurbishment of the hotel bathrooms and of the treatment rooms and spa area.

The deal comes on the back of PJC’s previous work on other hotels operated by the castle’s owner Robert Parker, including Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall in Northumberland.

There is a programme to redecorate and re-carpet the entire hotel which will make a huge improvement as there has been little or no investment in the castle by the previous owner for approximately 10 years.

Also to be completed is the installation of the hotel’s very own Whisky Bar, allowing visitors to Scotland to sample some local malts.

Paul Conn, director of PJC Architecture, met with planners from the Midlothian Council last week to discuss plans to upgrade 800 year old Dalhousie Castle which is now a modern luxury hotel.

He said: “To be working within Mr Parker’s hotels once again is an honour and we look forward to seeing the finished results and the new lease of life the hotel will be given”.