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Our work with Historic Scotland

When it comes to working on historic restoration projects which meet the high standards of Historic Scotland, the Hugh Stirling team are second to none. Over the years we've not just met restoration requirements, we've surpassed them to the delight of all parties concerned.

Here's just a couple that stand out…


Grade B listed Carbisdale Castle is an iconic castle overlooking Sutherland. It was built for the Duchess of Sutherland in 1908 and, in 2011, we were appointed by the new owners to carry out a full restoration of the building which had fallen into disrepair.

The work took place over a 45-week period and involved the erection of full external scaffold to enable major stone repairs, ornate leadwork replacement and re-roofing under the guidance of Historic Scotland. Internally, major rot works and structural repairs were carried out ensuring the ornate listed building elements were retained and reinstated throughout, bringing the building back to its former glory.


Situated on the southwest corner of George Square, the Counting House was originally built as the Bank of Scotland's headquarters in 1870. Completed by the Architect J T Rucheadin in the Italian Renaissance style, the building now serves as one of JD Wetherspoon's flagship venues.

In 2019 we were commissioned by JD Wetherspoon to undertake a restoration of the iconic dome within the building. Upon inspection it was found that several glass panes were cracked a number of areas of ornate plaster were either loose or damaged.

Over the course of a 12-week period, 48 boss areas were removed, templated, plaster casts made and then fully reinstated. Thereafter the original glass was then replaced and a full redecoration of the Grade A listed ceiling and dome was undertaken.

The works were carried out from a scaffold crash-deck spanning over the whole pub interior, which allowed the pub to trade uninterrupted throughout.

Hugh Stirling were complimented by both Planning Department and Historic Scotland on the quality of works.


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