Merchant's House, Brechin

Post-medieval dwelling with original features and an extraordinary and rare 15th century roof structure still intact.

Due to disrepair and neglect, Merchant’s House had long been seen by the local community as a blight on the High Street. It is one of the oldest residential sites in Brechin and had been empty for 40 years. It is located in a conservation area and was identified as a priority building due to its poor condition, its location and its historic significance.

Historic buildings specialist, Kit Martin, recognised the importance of the building and became involved in summer 2010. Kit commissioned us to work in partnership with him and together we established a steering group that included a design team, Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Angus Council and Historic Scotland. The group worked tirelessly and demonstrated absolute commitment to this important project.

THI gave a grant to the project and the site was granted planning consent and listed building planning consent. The work started in March 2011 and was completed in early 2012. The sensitive repair project has created two very special town houses for rent. The work has removed the asbestos roof, repaired the rare 15th century roof structure, reinstated the Nepus gable chimney, repaired the stone work, applied traditional lime harl to the exterior and introduced modern services.