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Blairvadach House, Shandon, Helensburgh


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Blairvadach House is located just off the A814 approximately 3 miles North West of the royal burgh of Helensburgh. The site sits on the North shore of Gare Loch and enjoys some extensive views across the water and onto the lands beyond. Local services including Helensburgh Central Railway Station are only a short drive from the site. Helensburgh also provides a number of retail outlets including Waitrose, Boots, Farmfoods, Co-op Supermarket and many local established independent retailers. Local bus services are available with a bus stop at the entrance to the site at Blairvadach.


Blairvadach House was designed by the architect J T Rochead in around 1850 for Sir James Anderson, Lord Provost of Glasgow (1848-51). The house subsequently passed onto the Donaldsons of shipping fame. Subsequently the house has been used as a Children's Home and finally as offices by Argyll and Bute Council. The building itself is a Category B Listed Building and it was originally listed in 1980.

The building was originally designed as a Scots Baronial house with a square keep however a number of more modern extensions have been added to the rear over the years. The property extends over 3 main floors with the additional of a mezzanine floor between ground and first floor. The building is of Sandstone construction with a series of pitched slate roofs and externally is in a reasonable condition. There is an area of parking available to the side of the house with an extensive area of parking located at the rear of the property.

Internally the building was previously used as offices but is now vacant.


Blairvadach House has an approximate Gross Floor Areas of:

Ground Floor: 554.21m² (5,965 sq ft) - excluding boiler house
Mezzanine: 287.23 m² (3,091 sq ft)
First Floor: 554.66m² (5,970 sq ft)
Second Floor: 341.35m² (3,674 sq ft)

Briefly, the accommodation comprises:

Ground Floor: Entrance Hall, Reception Hall, 8 Office rooms, 2 WC's, Staff Room and a former Vault. There are a number of smaller store rooms and a staircase to a basement which was not inspected due to the storage of chemicals. There is an impressive staircase which provides access to the upper floors. There is also a second smaller spiral (tower) staircase which provides access to the roof. To the rear of the building there is an exit which provides access to a large plant room.

Mezzanine Floor: accessed from main staircase - 7 office rooms, 3 store rooms and a staircase which provides access to the rear of the offices.

First Floor: accessed from main staircase - 9 office rooms, 2 store rooms, rear staircase, small staircase to the front of the building with additional access to the second floor. Fire escape.

Second Floor: accessed from main staircase - 10 office rooms, 2 store rooms, 2 WC's, rear staircase, spiral staircase with access to the roof, additional staircase with access to the 1st floor.

The building provides single glazed windows throughout.
The gross site area extends to 8.66 hectares (21.419 acres) however due to the topography of the site the net site area as calculated using the EMA Architects massing plan is approximately 2.83 hectares (7.77 acres). The site has a substantial slope from east to west with a large number of established trees on the site. The site is split by a small burn set within a small gorge running just to the south of Blairvadach House.


The property is served by mains water and mains electricity. Mains drainage is available near by at Broomfield Gardens. Mains gas is available on site but is at present capped off. There is an extensive oil fired heating system located within a boiler house at the rear of Blairvadach House.

Rateable Value

Blairvadach House £59,500 Assessed as Offices

Town & Country Planning

The Argyll & Bute Local Development Plan 2015 (LDP) was adopted by the Council on 26th March 2015. The Adopted Local Plan has an allocation of 64 units for Blairvadach under reference H-AL 3/6. An additional 48 units are also allocated to the site under reference H2006. Both allocations provide a requirement for 25 % affordable homes on the sites.

Blairvadach House is listed in Category "B".

A massing plan has been commissioned and undertaken by EMA Architects. A copy is available to interested parties.


A technical pack is available and will be provided to parties who register their interest with the selling agents. Information includes - Title Reports, Title Plans, Asbestos Reports and Topographical Survey.


Ballantynes will administer the sale of Blairvadach House on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council and all enquiries should be made to Ballantynes in the first instance. The heritable Interest (freehold) is offered for sale as a whole with vacant possession.
Parties should register their interest in order to be kept advised of any Closing date being set. Please note that agents acting on behalf of potential bidders must advise Ballantynes for whom they are acting.

Bidders should note the following information will be required:

*Bidding Parties Name
*Headline price and method of payment
*Development layout - identifying potential numbers, layouts and proposed house/flat types.
*Details of proposed scheme including development coverage
*Clawback and overage provisions
*Conditions of purchase
*Timetable of purchase
*Evidence of Board approval
*Legal representative details.

Please note that Argyll and Bute seek clean offers and a greater weighting will be given to clean offers.

Bids should be received on or before the closing date and two complete copies should be submitted in Head of Terms format to Ballantynes, 30 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7BD.

The owner reserves the right to sell the property without any reference to any other party.

Interviews may be held after the closing date. The client shall not be bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.


Strictly by contacting the selling agents:


Surveyors & Estate Agents
30 Stafford Street, Edinburgh EH3 7BD

Tel: 0131 459 2222
Fax: 0131 226 3739


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