Our Conservation CoG had an afternoon out of the studio visiting Rosslyn Chapel and William Adam's Mavisbank. At Rosslyn, Brian Park and Nicolas Boyes, gave a fascinating overview of the new visitor centre and conservation works to the chapel. Nic explained their painstaking approach to stone conservation and the enormous care that they take when intervening in existing fabric.
Mavisbank House was commissioned by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, and was designed by Clerk with William Adam, father of the Adam brothers and one of the leading architects of early eighteenth century Scotland. It was constructed in the 1720s. The derelict building is stunning and particularly atmospheric in the early evening light. (The plums from the plum trees within the policies are also particularly tasty!)