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Hoskins Architects gets go ahead for Brodie Castle pavilion

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Moray Council has approved plans by Hoskins Architects for a pavilion in new gardens at the 16th-century Brodie Castle in Scotland

Backed by the National Trust for Scotland, the visitor pavilion is part of a £2.8 million investment in the site and will act as the main entrance to the proposed Garden of Playfulness, which being designed by Erz Landscape Architects.

Plans for the 285m² pavilion, include indoor play spaces, retail and catering facilities.

Hoskins Architects associate Gordon Gibb said there was a twofold approach behind the design.

‘On the one hand it seeks to evoke the form and materiality of an ancillary agricultural building, in order not to disrupt the hierarchy of built form across the castle estate,’ he said.

‘On the other hand, in its axial relationship with key landscape routes, the refinement of its detailing, and the generosity of its section, it seeks to nevertheless feel like a public building.’

The Garden of Playfulness will sit inside the walled grounds of Brodie Castle and provide families with a space for ‘exploration and adventure’, including slides and tunnels. 

National Trust for Scotland chief executive Simon Skinner said: ‘We expect Brodie Castle and its “Garden of Playfulness” to be a great boost for the local economy, attracting many more visitors and offering the regional community a wonderful place to enjoy on their doorstep.’

Brodie Castle, near Forres in Morayshire, was home to the Brodie family until it was taken over by the National Trust for Scotland in 1980.

The £2.8 million wider masterplan for the site is intended to transform the castle into a key visitor attraction for Scotland.

The project is expected to start on site in later this year and is set to be completed by the end of 2017. 

View the planning application here 

Project data

Client National Trust for Scotland
Architect Hoskins Architects
Landscape architect Erz Landscape Architects
Structural engineer David Narro
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Funding Mutch Bequest
Start on site date 2017
Gross internal floor area 285m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Competitive bid
Total cost £2.8 million
Completion date 2017


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