Ardchattan Priory, Argyll and Bute

This project is another element of Jonathan's role as Fabric Surveyor to Blair Castle and Atholl Estates.

Ardchattan Priory was founded in the early 13th century by the Valliscaulian order, the monks rebuilt the buildings in the 15th century and upon the order's closure in the Reformation came under the Campbells ownership and a private house. The original refectory is still the family dining room but there have been a number of additions to the buildings, particularly a Victorian wing to the west side of the house on the end of the original monastic wing. Adjacent ruins are in the care of Historic Scotland.

Weather patterns in the area have noticeably changed in the last 10 or so years and the weather now more often comes from a more easterly direction. This brings driven rain onto different areas of the building and is creating water penetration problems, particularly at the east gable end which was originally an internal wall in the Priory, but has been an exterior wall since the dissolution. The house has been regularly and well maintained and, considering its great age is in remarkably good condition but the combination of the altered weather patterns and the desire to have an overview lead the Trustees to ask Jonathan Gotelee to carry out a Fabric Condition Survey and prioritise any work that is needed. This has been completed and presented in a clear graphic form setting out work in three categories of urgency. A series of packages of work will be created to ensure the building is in even better order for future generations.

The project was started at Purcell Edinburgh and completed at JGA.

Design Team

Architects: Purcell Edinburgh/JGA

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Front of Ardchattan Priory viewed from the Priory Garden