Kerryniven Case Study

Kerryniven Case Study

This historic estate is undergoing a significant regeneration aimed at boosting tourism as well as housing on the island. Known simply as Masterplan Phase 1, redundant agricultural and residential buildings are being redeveloped to create contemporary homes for local residents and holidaymakers.

PagePark Architects were commissioned by the Mount Stuart Trust in 2008 to assist in redeveloping the estate’s buildings to the benefit of the island’s economy. New, sustainably built homes, equipped and designed for the 21st century, will complement the existing architecture on the estate; much of which dates back to the early 19th century.

A key part of this redevelopment was the construction of Kerryniven, a new prototype timber home to provide additional holiday let accommodation on the estate.

The prototype represented an opportunity to add to the existing architectural vernacular with a 21st century dwelling. Built using local timber from the estate sawmill, the building design minimises heat loss through increased insulation and improved air-infiltration rates. A biomass woodchip boiler is utilised which burns waste material from the sawmill.

The property was referred to as the ‘Gap Site’ until the Mount Stuart Head of Collections revealed some fascinating information. The original name for a large part of the area that we today know as Mount Stuart was ‘Kerryniven’. The earliest written reference in the archives of this name dates back to 1527. Kerry is Gaelic for quarter and related to early land divisions. Kerrytonlia, Kerrylamont, Kerrymoran all exist within the Bute Estate; Kerryniven was the missing quarter.

Whilst the ancient name reveals our history, the property demonstrates modernity. This is the essence of the Bute Family – respecting our history whilst continually striving to innovate and move forward.

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