The Old Court House Rothesay


The former Rothesay Council Chambers and Old Sheriff Court buildings in central Rothesay, are a category B Victorian building and overlooked by the historic Rothesay Castle.

Fyne Homes acquired the buildings from the Scottish Courts Service and Argyll and Bute Council, with a view to provide shared equity housing to the local community.

The proposals were that the old Court building and the Castle Street section of the Council Chambers would be refurbished and converted into flats. The buildings on the High Street elevation were in such poor condition that they had to be demolished, however, the façade was retained and new flats built behind the impressive Victorian walls.

FLN were employed as part of their partnership agreement with Fyne Homes to provide the Mechanical and Electrical Services Consultancy Design for this prestigious affordable housing development. The design had to be in keeping with the building historic nature where visible but also the needs of the resident’s high demands for modern and affordable living.

Consideration was given to a central heating system and even the provision of combined heat and power unit. However the final design was for sympathetic lighting scheme and individual electric wet boiler and radiator systems. Infrastructure was keep to a minimum and concealed within the rear access areas of the building.

FLN provide the design, drawings, specification and tender documentation for the services installation. FLN also carried out the site inspections and technical assistance for the services.

Construction Cost: £4.1M


2011 GIA Design Awards – Affordable Housing Commendation.

2012 Scottish Design Awards Finalist – Affordable Housing Category.

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