Top designs awards for Forfar architect

The 18th century Apple House at Fasque.
The 18th century Apple House at Fasque.

A Forfar-based architects’ firm has picked up two major awards for its work on the former family home of Prime Minister William Gladstone.

The restoration and conversion of the ‘B’ listed Apple House at Fasque, near Fettercairn, by @architects Scotland Ltd was the outstanding winner at the Aberdeenshire Design Awards and took the coveted Best Overall Ian Shepherd Memorial Award as well as the highest distinction in the conservation category.

Fasque was also recognised with distinction for a striking fixture within the estate house under the Craftsmanship category – a distinctive copper bath and canopy that is now back in working order. The project to restore the unique 130-year-old bath, by John Bolding, was also supervised by @rchitects Scotland Ltd and carried out by Tony O’Donnell of Kent-based specialists Catchpole & Rye.

Paul Fretwell, from @rchitects Scotland Ltd, said: “The awards reflect the hard work and commitment of everyone inovlved from the client at Fasque, the various individual contractors including obviously Catchpole and Rye, Aberdeenshire and Historic Scotland.”

The restoration of the Apple House, which dates from 1792 and is situated in Fasque’s walled garden, took six months to complete. It now forms the house’s main bridal suite.

Mr Fretwell added: “All projects, particularly projects of this nature, require a commitment to design excellence and it was a great pleasure working on the projects at Fasque.”