Giving new life to old buildings

Building restoration of historical properties is no small undertaking. Not only does the building require delicate care, especially when dealing with old structures and building materials, but historic buildings are often full of surprises and technicalities which require the skills of experts. While these present their own challenges, it is always rewarding to breathe new life into a property and prepare it for the rigours of modern life. 

Many historic buildings have structural peculiarities that may require sensitivity when altering or repairing their elements and in some cases it may even be necessary to add an entirely new structural approach to strengthen the existing system with modern innovations. The aim of any restoration project is to give the property a new lease of life using modern technologies, whilst maintaining and accentuating the character, identity and charm of the original features. 

In the Northumberland and East Lothian region, we are so lucky to be surrounded by incredible historic dwellings. Here are some of the restoration projects the PPV team have worked on over the years: 

Netherby Hall, Cumbria 

For the refurbishment and restoration of the Grade 2 Star listed Netherby Hall in Cumbria, it was essential for us to retain the rich architectural features to maintain the detailed historical designs. 

Work carried out included the Victorian cobbled courtyard and stables, Grooms’ accommodation, holiday accommodation, restoring the historical clock tower, an education facility and the refurbishment of the Orangery. The former stables were even redeveloped into luxury holiday apartments. 

Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle Any restoration work on a magnificent 16th century castle is going to take an exceptional level of skill and expertise. Set within the majestic Scottish Borders, work carried out on Thirlestane Castle involved the redevelopment of an existing derelict wing to form a new kitchen and living space in this historic dwelling. The castle now features luxury apartments that can be hired individually, or for a truly regal experience, the whole castle can be rented exclusively.

Luxury holiday let refurbishment 

Using natural local materials, our team brought new walls back to life with the restoration of this luxury holiday let in Northumberland. We preserved the character and architectural significance of this historic structure by matching the stonework to the original dwelling, tying it in nicely with the modern additions. We were working closely with skilled tradespeople and artisans including stonemasons to provide our clients with the highest quality restorative work on this heritage property.

Successful restoration of heritage-listed and historic buildings comes down to the experience and skills of the team hired to do the job. Our team at Prime Property Ventures has extensive restoration and regeneration experience. If you’d like more information or you have a restoration project of your own, get in touch to see how we can help breathe new life into old walls.