30 October 2017
29 October 2017
In April 2012 the derelict Ashgrove House in Loanhead was featured here in this blog. It was mentioned then that the listed 18th-century villa was at the heart of an area of former green-belt land that was the subject of a planning application for a housing development.
Things have moved on since then. In November 2014 there was a major fire at the property, which was brought under control by 39 firefighters. In August 2015 Midlothian Council granted planning permission to Straiton Park Limited for the demolition of the ‘dwelling and bothy’ at Ashgrove.
The first phase of the ‘Mayburn Park’ housing development by CALA Homes is now complete, with continued construction currently moving towards the grounds of the former Ashgrove House from the northwest and Taylor Wimpey’s new ‘Ashgrove Fields’ housing estate lies immediately to the southeast. A planning application for the ‘erection of 92 dwellinghouses’ on the land of the former villa was lodged with the Council in December 2015, but was withdrawn in August 2016.
17 September 2017
Construction of Zip World’s new £3.3 million Adventure Terminal started in spring 2016 and it was built by Llanelli-based WRW Construction. The opening of the company’s new headquarters was planned for Easter 2017 but took place in September 2017. In addition to offices and the kitting-up area for the zip-line ‘flyers’, the building features the Blondin restaurant/café bar together with viewing galleries and a function space.
24 August 2017
Theatre Severn was designed by architects Austin-Smith:Lord and built by Wilmot Dixon. Construction began in November 2006 and the theatre was officially opened in March 2009.
24 August 2017
The Church of England’s St Chad’s Church opened on 19 August 1792 and has recently celebrated its 225th birthday. The present building, designed by Scottish architect George Steuart (1730-1806), repaced the earlier 13th century chruch dedicated to St Chad.
St Chad’s is a Grade 1 listed building.
Additional trivia: Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was baptised in St Chad’s on November 15th 1809.