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National Trust for Scotland: Newhailes

Newhailes is a stunning estate in Musselburgh which is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Complete with a Palladian mansion, rococo interiors, Italian marble fireplaces, Chinese sitting room and impressive fine art collection, Newhailes House has always been a place of innovation and creativity.


Hugh Stirling was appointed by the client to undertake the restoration and conversion of an old stable within the grounds of Newhailes into a visitor centre and café, delivering a new enhanced visitor experience whilst still retaining and preserving many of the original building’s architectural features.

The project was delivered in early 2021 and comprised of the following works: 

  • Full architectural and interior strip-out, disposing carefully of obsolete aspects whilst storing existing fixtures and fittings for refurbishment and reuse

  • Opening up and restoration of existing fireplaces for future use

  • Restoration of external stonework, slate roof, lead flashing and cast-iron rainwater goods, painting and lime pointing

  • Restoration and repair of existing flooring

  • Manufacture of bespoke joinery including reception desks, bookcase and display units, doors, and fixed seating

  • Repair and upgrade existing sliding sash and case windows

  • Sheeting walls, plastering and full decoration throughout

  • Full M&E schedule, small power, lighting, plumbing, toilets and sanitaryware

  • Heating and drainage systems

  • Supply and installation of the kitchen, fridges and servery units

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