Kilmardinny House will get spark of life

A MAJOR rewiring project is to be carried out at Kilmardinny House arts centre in Bearsden.

The work will begin early next year after additional investment for it was secured in this year’s council budget.

Bearsden councillor Ashay Ghai, who successfully lobbied to have the project prioritised, said: “As an arts centre and space available for public hire, Kilmardinny House has played an important community role over many decades.

“This upgrading project was much required and I believed it important to take action. If our key assets are allowed to deteriorate it will become increasingly difficult to keep them viable. It was with this in mind that I moved to accelerate the rewiring work.”

A listed Georgian mansion, Kilmardinny House Arts Centre was built as a private residence and was taken into Bearsden Burgh Council ownership in 1965 from Sir John McDonald’s trustees following his death.

In 1997 East Dunbartonshire Council made Kilmardinny its arts and events service base. The building was leased to East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust earlier this year, with a remit to continue to provide current services for the council.

Councillor Ghai added: “It is my understanding that the work will be scheduled for a period between January and March next year, following consultation with users to cause minimum disruption to services.

“I am confident that this investment will secure Kilmardinny House’s future, as a public building serving our local community, for many decades to come.”