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A Stand for Gala Fairydean
Dear Supporters,

Womersley's category A listed 1964 design for the Gala Fairydean Football Stand has been given the go-ahead for critical structural renovation. 

But first, it's time for some introductions.

It is with great pleasure that we can reveal the expansion of the core Preserving Womersley team with the addition of two long-time Womersley enthusiasts.  Both were early supporters of the PW initiative and bring much-needed expertise, experience and profile to the table.
Joining us are:

Colin McLean FSAScot LRPS:
A Peebles resident and architectural photographer, primarily of historic buildings, he spent most of his career in various posts in Scotland’s heritage sector, and is currently Chair of the Scottish Civic Trust.
He has long been interested in the work of Peter Womersley, and chaired a group of like-minded individuals which staged a number of events to mark his work during the 2016 Festival of Architecture. Like many people he is  frustrated by the declining condition of the Klein Studio.
In an article for AHSS’s spring 2018 edition, he named the Klein Studio as his favourite building.  You can see the article here.

Lindsay Buchan, BSc(Eng) B.Arch.Hons. RIBA RIAS.
Lindsay Buchan Architects
Lindsay is an Edinburgh-based Architect specialising in the restoration of historic residential properties.  In March this year, he was included in the Country Life ’30 best Architects’ listing for the fourth year running, who had this to say:
‘Country Life photographed the Arts-and-Crafts house Muirfield Gate, East Lothian, previously known as The Pleasance, in 1907, then again when it was reconstructed by Lindsay Buchan a century later. Now, Mr Buchan is at work on further buildings on the Pleasance estate, overlooking the Firth of Forth, as part of his focus on the considered refurbishment, extension and construction of houses throughout Scotland.’ 
Lindsay is a Borders man by birth, his family being friends of both Womersley and the Kleins.  His architectural thesis, on completing his studies, was on the career of Peter Womersley. Its wisdom is apparently lost to posterity, but its author lives on!
On that note, we can turn to encouraging news regarding Peter Womersley’s architectural legacy.
Gala Fairydean Stand Wins Support from the Scottish Borders Council
Photo © James Colledge /
Correspondence between Lord Purvis of Tweed and Councillor Euan Jardine, member of the Scottish Borders Council (SBC) for Galashiels and its Executive Member for Culture and Sports, reveals that a report into the intrusive testing recently carried out on the structure has confirmed that it can be stabilised. With SBC supporting the effort, which will be expensive, the decision has been taken to maintain the structure.
Even with the support of all public sources of funds for such a project, there will be a need for further private funding. A project group has been set up to address this issue, which is focussing its attention on the search for ‘super-backers’. The correspondence was shared with Colin with the specific intention of seeing if PW would be interested in such a role.  Unfortunately, while we are super-enthusiasts, we are not super-backers.
We can however spread the word through our subscriber list and social media feeds, and this is the message we are bringing to you today. 

Are you, or do you know anyone who might be, interested in discussing this project with the group set up to move the initiative forward? Drop us a line at and we will put you directly in touch with the chairman of the project group.
We have said before on these pages and it is worth repeating:  with engaged and open ownership, these buildings can be saved.  It is to be hoped that when (not if!) it is the turn of the Klein Studio, such sympathetic support is still on offer.  Little by little, we can, we are sure, peel away the layers of resistance that have so far hindered its rehabilitation. 

It is to be hoped that this happens in time to save it.
Stop Press - 20.4.20 at 16:22
Publication of Shelley Klein's memoir "The See-Through House: My Father in Full Colour" will be released on April 23 by Chatto & Windus. Referencing High Sunderland, the house commissioned by her father that brought Bernat Klein together with Peter Womersley in the Scottish Borders, it explores the life of, and life with, a pioneering - but uncompromising -  design legend.  You can read more about it here - needless to say, you can also pre-order it!
Once again, our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of you in these difficult times, and we hope that this update finds you and your families both well and well looked after.

As we push this agenda, we will provide updates - some of which, like this one, might even be positive.

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