Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 48031 58067
248031, 858067


Designed by W C Joass (as a hospital, though initial appearance is like a mid/late century villa) and opened 1896. White-harled, slate roofs; alterations. Symmetrical, composed on the common formula for small-scale hospitals of principally 3 parallel rectangular-plan blocks with narrow links; single bay gable ends to south front, outer (ward) blocks single storey, centre block 2 storeys over basement (which is set in to slope of ground), canted 3-window bay at ground with round-headed windows, original timber brackets and modern steel handrail enclosing blacony onto which 1st floor window opens. Links are fronted by (possibly added) fully-glazed sun-rooms. French windows in outer gables. Glazing patterns small and multi-panes in combination, mostly sash and case, others with hoppers. Bracketed eaves, ashlar stacks set above flank walls or gables. Also ranges to rear, principally low wing extending from centre block, containing main entrance, in porch.

Statement of Special Interest

Committee for promoting hospital scheme first met October 1891, and a site was gifted by the Earl of Cromartie. In 1894, the committee was offered $1,000 from Miss Morison Duncan, on behalf of her mother, Mrs Morison Duncan of Naughton House, Fife, if the hospital was named after her uncle, Dr Nicolson MacKenzie, a native of Strathpeffer, who was drowned at sea.



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About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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