Lews Castle Project

Lews Castle in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, is a 19th Century Scots Baronial mansion which was the subject of a multi-million pound restoration project by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar which plans to create a hotel in the castle adjoining the new build Museum nan Eilean. The brief from Simpson & Brown, Edinburgh based architects who specialise in historic buildings, was to research original features of this Gothic Revival building and advise on means of recreating them today, as well as advising on and sourcing wallpapers, paints, fixtures and fittings.


The inspiration board for the Ballroom shows the architect Charles Wilson’s original plan for this room above and early 20th Century photograph. The Conservation Report for the castle advised retaining and restoring Lord Leverhulme’s early 20th Century Adam-style alterations to the castle’s ballroom and as paint analysis of the ceiling was indefinite the architects wished to follow an 18th Century Adam scheme. Following research the scheme decided on takes inspiration from plans for a ceiling in the actor David Garrick’s house as it had the most similar layout to the ballroom ceiling.

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Glasgow Town House

This Glasgow Town House is an A-listed property and its renovation and restoration had therefore to be carried out in compliance with heritage standards. A suitable grate for the original marble fireplace was sourced from architectural salvage following research into similar chimneypieces from the period, whilst the window shutters were restored to working order.

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