£270K to repair historic Falkirk house

Arnotdale House has fallen into disrepair
Arnotdale House has fallen into disrepair

Over £270,000 is being spent repairing a historic building in the heart of Falkirk that has been lying empty for years.

Arnotdale House within Dollar Park was last used by Age Concern Falkirk in 2006.

The charity decided against spending thousands of pounds on upgrading the building it leased from the local authority.

Now Falkirk Council is to spend the cash repairing and upgrading the roof, windows and drainage of the B-listed building.

It is understood the local authority then intends to market the premises with the potential future use as offices.

A second phase of work, costing up to £400,000, may also be carried out.

Built in 1932, the two-storey Victorian building was gifted to the people of Falkirk by Robert Dollar. Born in Grahamston, the philanthropist who made a fortune in timber and shipping businesses in America, also gifted the town’s Hope Street library, bells for the parish church and a fountain in Victoria Park.

A council spokesman said: “As with properties of this age, Falkirk Council has identified ongoing external repairs and investment required to Arnotdale House in order to protect the fabric of this important building.

“A sum of £272k (including professional fees) has been allocated and the work will be compliant with the conservation listing for the property. Works are anticipated to commence mid May and completed by July 2011.”

He added a report on the future use of the historic property will be considered by the policy and resources committee next month.

When the plans for the upgrade were agreed, Council leader Councillor Craig Martin said; “Arnotdale is a great building in a fantastic setting and by investing in improvements now, we certainly are hopeful that the right tenant can be found for it in the future.”