Kilmardinny plans take shape

Kilmardinny House, Bearsden.
Kilmardinny House, Bearsden.

Exciting plans for Kilmardinny House in Bearsden are well underway, and local people are being invited to find out more at a meeting tonight (Tuesday, September 1).

The Georgian mansion and arts centre is to receive major investment to become a venue for weddings and other events.

The million pound project would include an extension to the side of the building to offer extensive banqueting suite space, as well as a refurbishment and an upgrade to the present villa.

Council officers have held several meetings this year, with users of the popular Grade A listed arts centre as well as the general public, all of which have helped shape the latest designs.

And people are now being offered the chance to see these designs, before they are submitted for planning permission.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and regeneration committee, said: “Kilmardinny House is a well-established and much loved local asset that is well used by many groups and organisations and a lot of consultation has taken place already.

“We now have detailed plans, which we would like to share with people before they are submitted for planning permission.

“This is a very exciting project and we hope local people take this opportunity to see our plans for this much loved building.”

Scott Hill, chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust, added: “This exciting project promises to breathe new life into Kilmardinny House and will enable us to continue to support the diverse range of arts, culture and leisure services the House is renowned for.”

Bearsden councillor Ashay Ghai, who secured rewiring for the listed building several years ago, said: “People have often raised the lack of formal venue space in Bearsden and Milngavie as an issue with me.

“The refurbishment and extension will offer a top end facility for local people wanting to hold a special event within their own area and community.”

To find out more about what’s planned for the venue go along to Kilmardinny House, 50 Kilmardinny Avenue, tonight (Tuesday, September 1) from 6 to 8pm.