Ways forward for The Drummond Arms – breathing new life into Crieff town centre

For generations of Crieff folk and visitors to the town, the Drummond Arms Hotel was at the centre of the community.  Whether it was your first legal pint, your cousin’s wedding or your club’s Burns Supper, the Drummond was there when you needed it.  Now, the Drummond needs you!

For the past nine years, members of Crieff Community Trust (CCT) have worked tirelessly to navigate countless obstacles to take ownership of the former Drummond Arms Hotel in James Square, Crieff from an unwilling seller. The property, which is on the national Buildings at Risk Register, is Grade B listed and sits in the heart of Crieff Conservation Area . It has fallen into major disrepair, and having been left empty for many years, has given rise to dangerous situations over the past few years.

The Crieff Community Action Plan 2013-18 identified that Crieff’s priority was to tackle the derelict buildings and improve the town centre, and the Drummond is seen as the catalyst for change. The Trust secured a Community Right to Buy on the property in 2014 which made it possible to eventually acquire the building in October 2019.

 

The Trust set up a trading subsidiary company Drummond Arms Regeneration Limited (DARL) in August 2019 to take ownership and to carry out works to make the building safe and secure including the erection of scaffolding to make emergency repairs and prevent further damage from loose objects falling. This was made possible by support and funding from Perth and Kinross Council’s (PKC) Town Centre Fund which has contributed greatly to the efforts to make the building safe and enable development.  Condition reports confirm that in a conservation context the building is salvageable. The roof structure is at present also repairable but in poor condition with recommendations of 1-2 years before potential failure. Whether the building is economically salvageable must be identified.

A design team, has been working on an options appraisal for various residential, hostel and heritage centre options. All residential options incur a large conservation deficit but also much of the demand for affordable and high-end housing in Crieff has now been met. DARL continues to develop and investigate potential options for this iconic town centre building. Work is being done with local partners to develop the building as part of the vision of Crieff as a creative and cultural destination where artists, makers and producers rent affordable workshops and can provide craft and skills training on-site alongside retail and exhibition space. With business support provided for local SMEs and the potential for creating a hostel on the top floors, a strong cultural economy for Crieff is envisaged.

For further information see the Drummond Arms Regeneration website and sign up as a member to receive regular membership newsletters.

Any specific enquiries can be sent to the Project Development Coordinator:
Stephenoswald.drummondarms@gmail.com