Benjamin Tindall Architects’ design for an extension to the A-listed Bonnigton House has been refused
Edinburgh Council refused the scheme on the 9th of February on the grounds the proposed wings (pictured) did not respect the ‘architectural integrity’ of the historic building and would ‘seriously detract’ from its character.
Benjamin Tindall said: ‘We were shocked and rather surprised about the refusal following the huge amount of care that was taken in the proposal.
‘It was interesting as we had received so much support from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and Historic Scotland.’
The scheme for the house at Wilkiestom near Edinburgh Airport is for two wings constructed from stone, slate and timber.
The new wings would include accommodation and a multi-use function hall for the estate, which became a major tourist attraction following the opening of a contemporary sculpture garden last summer.
The Juniper Artland garden contains the works of well-known artists including Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy, Charles Jencks and Marc Quinn.
Benjamin Tindall and the clients, Robert and Nicola Wilson are to meet with John Bury, Edinburgh Council’s head of planning next week to discuss the proposal.