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Luxury Castle Refurbishment Project at Glenapp Castle


2nd March 2021


11:25 am

After a long-term project in the hotel and leisure sector – in part due to the pandemic – Worksmart are delighted to have completed the handover for our refurbishment of the top floor and other key areas at Glenapp Castle.

Located in Ballantrae Ayrshire, Glenapp Castle dates back to the 1870s and was designed by the celebrated Edinburgh architect David Bryce.

It was built in the Scottish Baronial style and combines elements of both Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

After falling into an unfortunate state of disrepair, the property was acquired by the McMillan family of hoteliers in 1994. Since then, it has been a luxury hotel venue, giving guests the chance to enjoy the highest standards of luxury in an authentic listed Scottish castle and surrounding areas.

The current owners had the ambition and foresight to turn Glenapp Castle into one of Scotland’s most enchanting and leading hotel venues in the UK. Among the awards the Castle has received in recent years is the prestigious Sunday Times “Best Place to Stay 2020”.

The latest part of these renovations and upgrades is where Worksmart Contracts and Worksmart Fire Door Inspection came in.

The new refurbishment involved the complete redevelopment of the third-floor area into a luxury suite named The Endeavour, and the Glenapp Castle Penthouse Apartment. The suite boasts its own independent butler, private elevator, sauna, spa, multiple en-suite bedrooms and kitchen and dining areas.

Passive Fire Protection in Historic Buildings

Passive fire protection standards had to be upgraded to bring the Historic Scotland listed castle up to 21st century standards. This involved a great deal of work for the team at Worksmart Fire Door Inspection. New fire doors, access hatches, sprinkler systems and new structural timbers were installed, along with a vast array of Passive Fire Protection measures.

The result is a suite of the highest luxury. Not only that, but a venue which has been able to retain its historic charm while falling in line with regards to today’s modern safety standards.

For the Worksmart FDI team, this was a huge challenge. Bringing a 19th century building up to our modern standards of fire protection required great levels of skill and patience.

Specialist stone masons were brought in to help and new timber beams and calcium silicate boards had to be installed in various locations. A sprinkler system was also installed. Thanks to the hard work of Worksmart Fire Door Inspection, Glenapp Castle now meets all standards for fire door compliance.

An impressive feat for an historic building and more evidence of the abilities of the fire door experts, inspectors and certified tradesmen who carried out the work.

A pleasure to work with

Working with the client was a true pleasure. Our operatives on the job were blown away by his passion and vision for the hotel. Between Glenapp’s owner and their consultant building surveyor, our projects team found them both to be a pleasure to work with.

Throughout the project many of our operatives actually stayed on-site in order to keep travel to a minimum because of COVID.

For such a challenging project, the way everyone was able to come together and successfully carry out the works has been fantastic.

This is a job that will live long in the memory of everyone who was part of it.

If you’d like to enquire about a refurbishment in a heritage or listed building, contact us today. Whether your project is in the hotel and leisure sector or in a historic building, Worksmart Contracts and Worksmart Fire Door Inspection have what it takes to make the project a success.

Get in touch with our Business Development Manager James Harkins, we’d love to discuss.

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