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Lews Castle
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Lews Castle

Refurbishment of the Victorian Grade ‘A’ listed Lews Castle over three phases to transform it into a unique visitor attraction. Sitting in a commanding position overlooking Stornoway, Lews Castle has been restored to create a new museum and archive for the Outer Hebrides as well as stunning five star accommodation for tourists to the islands.


  • Repair and restoration of the historic interior of the ground and upper floors of the Castle to their former period splendour and a new glazed roof over an inner courtyard. Works also included the construction of a new escape stair and lift lobby.
  • Construction of a new build museum and archive facility with shop and ancillary accommodation on the site of the former glasshouses.
  • Creation of 52 bed spaces with ensuite facilities as well as a dedicated reception space for guest check-in, a guest lounge and bar.
  • Working within a remote site location on Isle of Stornoway requiring rigorous procurement and planning procedures.
  • Landscaping to the surrounding areas and formation of a car park.
  • Winner of RICS 2016 Building Conservation Award.