Mearns buildings on the awards shortlist

Two restored buildings on the at risk register at an historic Mearns estate have made the shortlist for an Aberdeen architecture awards.

The Apple House and Garden House on Fasque House Estate in Fettercairn, were renovated in 2012 and have made it on to the shortlist of judging for the Aberdeen Society of Architects Awards.

The Apple House dates back to 1792 and was one of the derelict buildings on the Fasque estate bought by current owners Douglas and Heather Dick Reid in July 2010.

It now operates as an exclusive use bridal suite for wedding parties on the estate.

Architect Paul Fretwell of @rchitects Scotland Ltd. said: “The Apple Store is an outstanding building in a unique setting with significant history and cultural value.

“As part of the scheduled landscape, the Apple Store and garden buildings of this kind are few and far between.

“We are delighted to have safeguarded the future of these important buildings and it is nice to be recognised for the work carried out.”

Fasque House Properties was recently given approval by Aberdeenshire Council for a £55 million development on the estate as enabling development, which will include 115 homes and commercial enterprises.

Monies raised from the development will allow for the continuation of work started at Fasque with the restoration of the properties shortlisted and other current projects.