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Ambrismore, Mount Stuart Trust

Ambrismore, Mount Stuart Trust

Key Facts


Mount Stuart Trust


Ambrismore, Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute, PA20 0QA



Internal Floor Area



March 2017

A new model of sustainable rural living

Project Info

Ambrismore aims to re-establish a cluster of rural homes through the remodelling of a disused farm steading in an arrangement following the historic ‘fermtoun’ model. Acting as a catalyst, the existing byre informs the scale, mass and orientation of the other three new build ‘prototype‘ dwellings. The new dwellings are offered as short assured tenancies with the aim of providing quality affordable housing for local island residents. The existing byre and prototype buildings are both highly insulated and are heated by a shared woodchip biomass boiler augmented with wood burning stoves. The future intention is to source biomass fuel from the Bute sawmill waste products to keep all resources on-island.

Ambrismore by night Concept Sketch
Heritage & Conservation

Through a mixture of new build and adaptive re-use of existing buildings, Ambrismore has created a new interpretation of the historic fermtoun model.

Places To live

Ambrismore is an exciting prototype for small scale rural development; creating high quality, efficient, environmentally friendly accommodation set within the stunning landscape of the west coast of the Isle of Bute.

City & Land

One of a number of projects which stemmed from the Mount Stuart Trust Masterplan which was carried out by Page\Park in 2008. This study appraised the estate’s redundant building stock and created a phased vision for its future reuse.

New Fermtoun Model
New Fermtoun Model

Selected Awards

Saltire Housing Design Awards 2017 – Shortlisted


Project Manager: Gleeds
Structural Engineer: Ramage Young
M&E Engineer: Atelier 10
Cost Consultant: Brown + Wallace
CDM Co-ordinator: CDM Scotland
Contractor: John Brown (Strone) Ltd
Photographer: MT Photography