Strathpeffer Pavilion,

Ross & Cromarty

Together with Athena Solutions and Hughes Consultancy this project involved working with Strathpeffer Pavilion Community Steering Group to explore the feasibility of community ownership of this most iconic highland building.

Originally opened in 1881 this B-listed pavilion building was once one of the Highlands’ most popular Victorian tourist attraction. Now owned by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, who carried out an extensive refurbishment and modernisation in 2003 with LDN Architects, the community is looking at how it can take ownership and increase community benefit from the building.

As well as being a Victorian social hotbed, the pavilion has hosted events as diverse as a rally by suffragette Emeline Pankhurst and performances by KT Tunstall and Kaiser Chiefs.

As well as reviewing various surveys on the existing building, structure and building services our work included carrying out community consultation events to gauge support and establish community priorities for the building.

With this information it is planned to make an application to the Scottish Land Fund in early 2019 for funding for community purchase.

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