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Malcolm Fraser bags Lews Castle restoration job

[First look] Malcolm Fraser Architects has won a competition to redevelop the Category A-listed Lews Castle on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Awarded the contract last month, the studio is currently consulting with local stakeholders on plans to create a ‘grand’ hotel in the 1840s building alongside an adjacent new build museum.

The new building will be built within the castle footprint on land once occupied by its greenhouses.

A statement from the practice explained: ‘The Museum proposal engages the immediate landscape, the town and the ever-changing light and swell of the Minch (the seas around). [It also] allows and enhances the presentation of significant objects.’

Lews Castle was built in the 1840s and later added to in the 1920s. The building incorporates elements of an earlier seventeenth century country house.

The project is backed by Eilean Siar Council, Heritage Lottery, the European Union and Highland Enterprise.

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