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
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.