New use for grain store

Plans have been launched to bring Stranraer’s old grainstore back to life.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd May 2014, 2:24 pm
The grain store, Stranraer.
The grain store, Stranraer.

This Grade B (Grade II) Listed building, constructed in 1850 to store grain and used until the mid 1980s, has been derelict for several years and been on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk register since 2001.

The grain store, which is in a conservation area, was recently purchased by Richard Leat who intends to restore the building to its former glory and use it as an arts-based venue.

Richard, who is based in Edinburgh, has a theatre background and more recently has been working on building restoration.

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He said: “I love the challenge that the grainstore brings. It is a fabulous historic building, right in the heart of Stranraer.

“Obviously, our first task is to restore it sympathetically but along the way, we will be hosting events so that people can come and see what is happening to the structure and our vision for the grain store’s use as it develops and comes to fruition.”

The residents of Stranraer will not have long to wait for their first opportunity to see for themselves and hear some of the ideas that Richard and the team have in mind as a launch event is being held in the courtyard next Friday evening (May 30) and all day of Saturday May 31 with events including music, art, a beer festival and more.

Everyone is welcome to this free party and the grain store team will also be canvassing guests’ opinions.

The launch event culminates in a concert by Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty, credited with originating ‘acid croft’ with an added bonus of vocals by Kaela Rowan. The gig starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £6 in advance.

The Grain store Stranraer Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit company and has secured initial funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund to carry out some research into the viability of the grainstore building.

This event is also supported by Stranraer town centre regeneration through the arts commission.