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  Bonnington House


Our 850K project with LEE BOYD at Bonnington House won the Edinburgh Architects Associations' 'Top' (2002) award for the best refurbishment project. (the "Bronze Medal") It also featured in the  Channel 4 TV series "Britain's Best Home",  and in fact beat off the other fifteen entries in the "Listed" category to win top place and so join the other six category winners in the grand final. It got the votes of two of the three "experts" in the live final, however the viewers vote didn't agree. To reach the final was a however a huge achievement and a testimonial to this superb conversion.

Pictured (below) receiving the award  from Sheena Macdonald 
is LEE BOYD project Architect John Mackenzie

The Team (below)

Alan Thomson, Nicola Hall (both LEE BOYD) Stewart McIntosh (Laurence McIntosh - Main Contractor) John Mackenzie and Scott Lee (both LEE BOYD) and Andrew McLeman (MQSN - QS)

Extract from Edinburgh Architectural Association Website
(EAA Website page on this project

Lee Boyd Architects
Alterations to Bonnington House for Robert and Nicola Wilson


Architect's Statement:
Bonnington House is a Grade A listed mansion house. The original part of the house is believed to date from 1622 with later additions in 1720. The house was then re-modelled in 1858 (probably by Alexander Black) in the form of Heriots Hospital in Edinburgh. He created a Jacobean style Mansion House with fine facades with bartizans (small turrets) on each four corners embellished by sandstone detailing.

Lee Boyd were approached in 1999, when the opportunity to purchase Bonnington House first arose. The brief was to refurbish the house into a family home while retaining and restoring the historical features. During the development of the design we liaised closely with Historic Scotland and the Garden History Society, as our client also wished us to restore some of the original features of the garden. The project includes the design of an extension to the building which is in keeping with the external appearance of the house.

Internally, where period features existed they were retained and restored. More contemporary interventions were made with the steel and glass stair, the family room, the internals of the extension and in the new bathrooms and shower rooms.

The accommodation still functions with the principle formal rooms on the ground floor, then family bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor with guest bedrooms on the attic level. Caretakers accommodation is located at the basement level together with a new family room and gallery space.

This family room is linked with the steel and glass stair to a gallery and aquarium at ground floor level which then links into the extension where the main kitchen can be found. This means that this 'wing' of the house can operate as the family wing with formal rooms uninterupted. A new external door to the family room with steps up to the terrace outside the conservatory means that the circular connection is completed.

Design Team:
Project Architect: John Mackenzie, Lee Boyd Architects
Structural Engineers: Will Rudd Davidson
Quantity Surveyors: McLeman QS Network
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: RSP Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor: Laurence McIntosh Ltd.

Value circa 900k

The garden and new conservatory extension


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