Work Starts on the Self Catering Project
The story so far…
With help of funding from the Heritage Lottery, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish and Southern Energy, and from the successful Community Shares offer, the Trust has been working with consultants on a business plan and designs for the project to convert 11 listed huts at Cultybraggan Camp into self-catering accommodation.
February 2020 Update
Our most exciting news is of course the redevelopment of the 11 huts on the west side of the main road at the entrance to the Camp. This follows the award of a £108,810 grant from Historic Environment Scotland’s Historic Environment Repairs Grant Programme which supports work to buildings which are of special architectural, historic or archaeological significance across Scotland.
5 of the huts will become high quality, sustainable, self-catering accommodation each for up to four people. 1 hut will be a laundry and store for the self-catering and the remaining 5 will be fully restored, ready to be used as either commercial lets or further self-catering accommodation dependant on the Camp’s requirements and resources.
Outwardly the huts will retain the design of the original huts and their renovation will make a significant improvement to the overall appearance of the Camp. In contrast to the traditional external look, the inside of the self-catering huts will be fitted out with up-to-date appliances and modern furniture. Heating for all huts will be supplied from the existing eco-friendly Biomass system that, with greater usage, becomes more cost-effective. This redevelopment will of course provide valuable income streams to support the long-term sustainability and development of the Camp.
The contractor carrying out the work is Perth based One Call Ltd who aim to complete the project at the end of August this year (Delayed by coronavirus lockdown – completion date is now January 2021). Many visitors have already expressed an interest in staying in the self-catering huts and a marketing plan is being developed to capture the autumn trade. CDT currently hold a list of local businesses interested in renting space at the Camp and no doubt this will grow as news of the project spreads.
Our new Estates Manager, Andy Warden, will project manage this redevelopment. Andy is also managing the upgrade to the sewage pipeline that is necessary to increase the sewage capacity on the site for the redevelopment work and future requirements. This work is expected to complete by end April. Another of his key activities is confirming details of current site electrical installations in order to develop a robust plan to supply parts of the site that are not currently supplied.
The consultants` report a strong market for self-catering in Perthshire, but they are picking up signs that the type of “bunkhouse” accommodation groups are looking for is changing. Instead of dormitory style rooms they now expect all facilities to be within the unit and not in separate shower blocks or kitchen-dining areas.
Apart from groups, families are expected to be the main market for Camp 21. The suggestion is that groups are catered for outside the peak holiday periods.
The Trust does not see this as competition with Comrie Croft as what the camp has to offer groups is quite different.
The architects have had a look at the huts and come up with some design options for further consultation. They show how flexible use of space can accommodate either 2 bed or 4 beds.
The idea is to leave as much of the buildings intact as is possible, including the interiors, to give the retain the “look” of the Nissen hut, but with quality fittings and furnishings, in warm, well insulated space, heated by the camp’s environmentally friendly district heating system.
A selection of floor plans is attached with a suggested site lay-out. Please click on the drawing to view a larger image.
Now that the money is in place…
Work begins. Meetings with the architect and design team began in January 2017. Contracting and Community Involvement will be top of the agenda.
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