Developers behind a plan to build a family home on the site of the Old Toll House in Perth have stated its “character” will be preserved.
If the proposal is passed by Perth and Kinross Council, the derelict Barnhill Toll House, located on Dundee Road, will become a modern three-storey house with a rooftop garden.
The grade A-listed building, which dates back to the 19th century and has Greek Doric columns, has lain empty for years and became a building at risk in 2004.
It’s believed the Old Toll House was the work of celebrated architect Sir Robert Smirke, whose designs included Perth Sheriff Court, the British Museum and Lancaster House, both in London.
The historic toll board that details the tolls that had to be paid was recovered and has been put into storage for safe keeping. It will be renovated and replaced in its original location as part of the works to the house.
Mark O’Connor, of Dundee-based architects Leadingham Jameson Rogers and Hynd – who have drawn up plans for the site – described the Old Toll House as one of Perth’s “landmarks.”
“We have been very careful to preserve the character of the Old Toll House in our drawings,” he said.
“It’s a challenging building in terms of it being listed but we wanted to keep the main part of the home below ground level.”
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“I have driven passed the building many times and always imagined what it could look like if it was to be developed. So we were delighted when the client came to us.”
A design statement submitted by the architects, on behalf of the prospective owner, states the Old Toll House was last occupied in 1999.
“The toll house is currently empty and boarded up and there is evidence of vandalism,” the statement says.
“The building has been used as a sleeping place by homeless people.”
The statement continues: “Periodic visits have recorded gradual deterioration. In order to preserve the Toll House and maintain its longer term future, a practical use will have to be found for it.
“These proposals seek to present an appropriate use for the existing building.”
Historic Environment Scotland have said they do not object to the plans, which have been lodged with the council.