Garrison House

Location Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, United Kingdom 
Services Building services engineering
Sector Healthcare 
Client Cumbrae Community Development Company
Architect Lee Boyd
Imagery © Keith Hunter

Tony Centola

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Sitting in its own grounds in the centre of Millport town, Garrison House is now the vibrant hub of the island community, serving locals and visitors alike. Fully restored to its former glory in 2008, Garrison House now boasts the local NHS Medical Centre, a state-of-the-art library, the Museum of the Cumbraes, the Courtyard Cafe and the North Ayrshire local council office.

Cundall was appointed to perform building services on this project. The Grade B listed, Gothic revival stone building was refurbished and redeveloped, as it had been made derelict due to fire damage in 2001. The new accommodation was redesigned to create a multi-use building. The rebuilding included a larger proportion of stonework replacement, including what was required for the new extension to the building. The provision of services within the building was designed to integrate with the existing listed building.

The main plant for the development was discreetly housed within a stand-alone building, thus minimising the development's aesthetic impact. The key aim of the design and rebuild was to completely reconstruct the exterior and much of the roof layout, so that the grounds, form and profile of the building would remain unchanged.

  • Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards (2008), Conservation Category, winner
  • Stone Federation Great Britain Awards (2008), Repair and Restoration Category, winner