Strathleven House, Dumbartonshire

Pioneering Palladian mansion saved from ruin to provide high quality Serviced Business Centre.

The Project

Strathleven House is as important as it is impressive.  Built in 1700 it is attributed to the Palladian pioneer, James Smith, the most significant Scottish architect of his time and the person generally credited with introducing Palladianism into Scotland.  It is A-Listed and considered to be the earliest surviving example of the classic Palladian country house in Scotland and key features of the Palladian style are evident including the hip-roofed and pedimented main block with lower symmetrical pavilion wings.

For nearly 250 years the property and the large private estate in which it was set was a cherished family home, only changing hands twice.  Following the Second World War, however, the house and its large estate were compulsorily purchased for redevelopment. The magnificent house was ignored and by the 1980s it was abandoned, derelict and encompassed by an industrial estate.

The building was a Building at Risk; almost derelict with substantial parts of the roof and floors to the main house missing.  Despite this significant parts of internal decoration survived including panelling in two of its principal rooms, remains of a painted dado in the stairwell and a hand crafted timber balustrade to the main stair.

Strathleven House became the first major challenge for Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.  In recognition of its significance, despite its condition, it was acquired by SHBT in 1986 and following a period of fundraising, a long programme of repair work began in 1993 to create a business centre for start-up businesses.  After three phases of work over 7 years the building was opened for business in 2000.

Today the property offers high quality serviced office accommodation for a range of businesses, along with conference facilities and function spaces set within an impressive historic building and grounds.  It is part of the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate and is close to Lomondgate.

Click here if you are interested in renting office or meeting space at Strathleven House.


THANK YOU to the following funders and supporters without whom this project would not have been possible:

Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire, Strathclyde European Partnership and West Dunbartonshire Council.

"This exemplary restoration is a fitting outcome for an extremely important house in Scottish architectural history"

Robert Hislop; Historic Scotland

Project Details

Building Developer and Owner
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

Design Team

Groves-Raines Architects

Quantity Surveyor
KLM Partnership

Structural Engineer
Wren and Bell

Building Services Engineer
Henderson and Warnock

Landscape Designer
Landuse Consultants

Main Contract
Hunter & Clark

Project Cost

Total Capital Project Costs
£2.4 million







  • The Civic Trust Awards 2003 (Commendation)


Project Sheet

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