Revamp planned for historic Larbert House

Grant Keenan wants to transform Larbert House
Grant Keenan wants to transform Larbert House

Ambitious plans to transform a historic building have been revealed.

Proposals by Grant Keenan, who runs Strathyre Properties, could give Larbert House a new lease of life.

He wants to restore it to its former glory and redevelop it as luxury apartments.

The former mansion house lies within the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

It is derelict after a fire in the last hours of 2006 caused extensive damage. Firefighters spent two days damping down the interior.

Shortly afterwards, Grant discovered the building while out walking his dog through the grounds.

He said: “When I first saw the house, I was worried that this stunning building would be lost through deterioration. I was also concerned that if the land was developed by a company from outwith the area, the local community could lose it as a recreational facility.

“Larbert House and the lake have a great deal of history in the local community and I hope to preserve this for future generations by restoring the mansion house to its previous glory.”

As well as the 12 apartments, Strathyre Properties has plans to build up to 38 homes in the grounds – eight in the walled garden, eight in the west site, eight in a converted stable block, 10 in a new build stable block and four new homes on land to the east.

Plans for the first stage of the development have already been lodged with Falkirk Council and, if these are given the necessary approval, the property company will conclude the deal to buy the B-Listed house and grounds from NHS Forth Valley.

Grant added: “I’ve been keen to buy this since I first saw it over four years ago and have been in talks with the NHS since it came on the market 18 months ago.

“These will be luxury, high-spec properties and there has already been a lot of interest although they’ve never been advertised.

“My intention is to use as many local tradesmen as possible to put something back into the area’s economy.”

A father-of-three, he lives in Larbert with wife Fiona, and is already involved in the community as chairman of Larbert Round Table.

Larbert House was designed by David Hamilton and built for Sir Gilbert Stirling in 1822. Its restoration is part of a wider plan to breathe new life into the FVRH estate, including a partnership between NHS Forth Valley and Forestry Commission Scotland to develop and improve the 70 acres of woodland and green space around the new hospital.