May 2, 2002 - Stirling Landmarks At Risk

Stirling Landmarks At Risk

02 May 2002, Stirling Scotland - The following article was recently published in Stirling Scotland's local paper.  One of the sites listed is the home farm at the Stirlings of Keir estate in nearby Dunblane.  The article is reprinted here.

By Paul Cunningham - Stirling Observer

YEARS of neglect have left a Stirling landmark in dire need of restoration, say environmental watchdogs.The Stirling Observer Newspaper

Pigeon droppings have eaten away at the once-majestic stonework of the former Bank of Scotland in King Street.  Years of rain have caused chronic pooling, plant growth and chipping.

Scottish Civic Trust officials visited the building in December and discovered the full extent of its decline.  In a new report they describe its condition as being in ‘slow decay’.

The three-storey, B listed building was designed by David Hamilton in 1840 in the Italianate style and features twin corinthian square-column porches.  After the bank moved out the building was taken over as council offices.  Now Stirling Council is examining potential new uses for the building, including flats or offices.  The former bank is one of more than 1500 endangered Scottish buildings whose decrepid condition is highlighted in the Scottish Civic Trust’s Buildings at Risk register, issued this week.

Other local buildings included in the register are the 18th century laird’s mansion Gartur House in Cambusbarron; Home Farm at Keir Estate, Dunblane; and Island House, christened the Castle when it became Alva’s first two-storey home in the mid-1800s.

There is also a section on endangered buildings in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and a two-page statement condemning the demolition of Lanrick Castle at Doune.

A trust spokesperson said: "Often shifting patterns of use or demand or changing economic or social circumstances can radically affect the future of a building.  More often than not, long term neglect and a lack of basic maintenance can lead to much more significant problems, such as dry rot and structural collapse."

Tourist board research suggests that 83 per cent of overseas visitors come to Scotland because of its heritage and quality environment.  Since tourism supports as much as 10 per cent of the Scottish economy, the protection of our heritage assets is crucial.