ABOUT THE BUILDING
The property, which is on the national Buildings at Risk Register, has been left empty and neglected for many years and has caused a lot of concern in the community and from people passing through Crieff on the A85. The Community of Crieff voted in the Crieff Community Action Plan and the Community Right to Buy for the building to be taken into community ownership, to make the town centre safe and bustling again and be a catalyst for change.
DARL eventually took ownership in October 2019 and was successful in making the structure safe from potentially serious injury through Scottish Government Town Centre Funding.
The Drummond Arms Hotel is an attractive stone building located on the north edge of James Square in Crieff Town Centre. The building was Category B Listed by Historic Environment Scotland on 9th June 1981 and is located within the Crieff Conservation Area.
The property has a unified composition but was constructed in two distinct building phases. The first phase is to the east and included the 3 bay and 5 stage tower and dates from 1871-1872. The second phase the remaining 3 bay component dates from around 1874.
The building is of traditional construction with thick stone masonry walls, traditional timber windows throughout and a slate roof. The grounds of the hotel site extend northwards to include an area of car parking to the rear and detached outbuildings. In terms of townscape the Drummond is a distinctive building in the town centre and makes a positive contribution to the street scene.
Condition reports confirm that in a conservation context the building is salvageable with full renovation required. A wide range of surveys and costs has been completed and surveys can be made available to interested parties. Please email to request. A flexible approach will be taken to new uses and ideas.
There are 2 separate properties within the Drummond building - the Hotel and the RBS. Efforts to buy the RBS have been unsuccessful. Due to the lack of upkeep and the detrimental effect the building has had on the surrounding community DARL will be able to purchase this part of the building via a Community Right to Buy 3A: abandoned neglected or detrimental land, a process which allows communities to take over land or buildings which aren’t in use and causing harm to the area.
When we have a clear route forward for the building we will be able to start this process. Look out for further information on how you can help.