An important milestone has been reached in the project to transform the once-derelict Moat Brae House, Dumfries into a national centre for children’s literature and storytelling
Contractors Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, have handed back the keys of the Georgian House in Dumfries back to Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT) after 18 months of major restoration work.
Dame Barbara Kelly, PPMBT Chair, said: “This is a special moment for us – marking the completion of the major restoration and building work and the move to a whole new phase of the project.
“We would like to thank the team from Balfour Beatty for the incredible job they have done in helping us give a new future to this wonderful building.”
Electrical and minor building work is still going on inside and the next stage will see the fitting out and furnishing of the building ahead of a series of special events in late 2018 and the full public opening next Spring.
Once complete Moat Brae will feature a learning and education suite, café, shop and magical interpretation to inspire visitors, to stimulate children’s imagination and reveal the many stories the house has to tell.
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From left to right: Cathy Agnew, Project Director (PPMBT); Dame Barbara Kelly, Chairman (PPMBT); Donald Maclellan, Site Manager (Balfour Beatty); Paul Fergusson, Deputy Site Manager (Balfour Beatty).