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3 July 2017

Huge investment by the FM Group helps transform historic buildings

The FM Group have recently received a lot of Press coverage for their development investments to breath new live into some of Scotland’s historic buildings.

Here are just a few of the press articles covering this story.

Huge investment helps transform historic buildings

http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/6884/FM_Group_begin_work_to_restore_Dalnair_Castle.html

http://www.thenational.scot/business/15378266.Historic_buildings_restored_from_ruin_by_FM_Group/

 

3 July 2017

£10 million invested in Ury Mansion House and Dalnair Castle by FM

FM Group, well known for breathing new life into listed buildings, has recently invested £10 million into two historic landmarks.

The 19th century Ury House in Aberdeenshire, which had fallen into ruin, is now wind and water tight following extensive restoration and on-track to become a luxury boutique hotel and spa.

Meanwhile, Dalnair Castle on the edge of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is being sympathetically transformed into an exclusive residential development of 10 luxury apartments. The extensive work included removing all dry rot inside the building, installing new floors throughout and refurbishing the roof and external stonework.

The property developers have also recently lodged planning applications which include the regeneration and protection of Class B and C heritage buildings on the former Sunnyside Royal Hospital site in Montrose and the Grade B listed Cathcart House, formerly the HQ of Scottish Power, on the south side of Glasgow.

FM Group has signed a contract with ICMI to operate the boutique hotel at Ury once completed. Their portfolio includes the Cromlix Hotel in Perthshire and Inverlochy Hotel in Fort William. Ury Castle Hotel will be the focal point for the Ury golf development which includes a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

Read the full story on the SBNN.

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9 March 2017

ICMI Group partners with the FM Group to create a luxury 5 Star Hotel and Golf course experience at Ury Estate

ICMI group that runs tennis star Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel has joined forces with the FM Group who is the developer for the URY Estate to launch a golf resort that is set to rival US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Menie Estate complex.

Inverlochy Castle Management International, whose portfolio includes the Cromlix Hotel in Perthshire as well as Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William, will run the hotel on the Ury Estate near Stonehaven on behalf of the FM Group.

The complex, which will see the derelict Ury House converted into a 50-room boutique hotel and spa, will include a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course as well as 90 houses and a conference centre.

ICMI managing director Norbert Lieder said “there is a real need for a resort of this quality in the north east” while a spokesperson for the FM Group said the development will help put the region on the global golfing map.

Read the full article in The Herald

6 July 2016

FM granted planning permission to build Stonehaven’s first large-scale supermarket on Ury Estate

Planning permission has just been approved for the FM Group for a supermarket, 50-bedroom hotel and restaurant on the Ury Estate.

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After decades of debate and a whole cabinet’s worth of contenders, one of the north-east’s biggest towns will soon be home to a large-scale supermarket.

Aberdeenshire Council took three hours and forty minutes to grill applications for four different stores in Stonehaven yesterday.  In the end, proposals by the FM Group for a supermarket, 50-bedroom hotel and restaurant on the Ury Estate were approved on a delegated grant.  The decision came despite some councillors arguing approval would be a breach of the emerging 2016 Aberdeenshire local development plan.  Councillors had been urged to refuse all four proposals – none of which formed part of the original plan – amid fears about their impact on the town centre.  Applications for the New Mains of Ury, the Mains of Cowie and the Mill of Forest were all refused.

The FM Group is also behind a £80million Jack Nicklaus golf course and housing development at the Ury Estate, and the restoration of the B-listed Ury House.

Read more here.

27 June 2016

Mackie Academy Sports Day Ury Mile Challenge

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Great turnout again for the Ury Mile, 1000 walking through the Ury Estate for the Mackie Academy Sports Day with team Fetteresso winning on the day.

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27 June 2016

The FM Group supports Mackie’s sporting challenge for the second year running

Jonathon Milne, director of the FM Group, with Mackie Academy pupils after the firm sponsored the school's new sports kits

Jonathon Milne, director of the FM Group, with Mackie Academy pupils after the firm sponsored the school’s new sports kits

The FM Group has once again pledged its support to local school, Mackie Academy.

Students at a north-east school are preparing an encore of a sporting achievement which raised thousands of pounds last year.

On Friday, pupils at Mackie Academy will walk a mile around the Ury estate to raise funds for the school.

Students derived inspiration for the maiden walk from the history of the Ury Estate which was once home to the Barclay banking family.

Captain Robert Barclay was acclaimed for his feat of walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours for 1000 guineas in 1809.

The school organised its own adaptation of Captain Barclay’s challenge and arranged for 1000 students to walk a mile around the Ury Estate, with FM Group donating £5 for every mile.

The pupils’ collective efforts allowed the school to purchase new kit for the athletics, badminton, basketball, hockey, football, netball and tennis teams.

And the FM group has once again pledged its support to the school.

As part of Mackie Academy’s Sports’ Day on June 24, pupils will march around the Ury Estate, with FM Group donating £1 for every mile covered.

It is hoped the event will help raise funds for new rugby kit and rain jackets for all the school’s outdoor teams.

In addition, the money amassed will help offset the costs for students travelling to competitions and support a Sports Awards evening later in the year.

Alan Tullock, deputy head at Mackie Academy, said: “We are very grateful for the continued support from FM Group.

“Their funding last year was instrumental in us being able to purchase kit for several of our teams, including our new girls’ basketball side which has proved to be extremely popular.

“As well as clothing, the sponsorship will make it easier for our students to take part in competitions both here in Aberdeenshire and nationally.

“This will play an important part in helping local, up-and-coming athletes to reach their potential and also recognise their achievements.”

FM Group recently started work on the £80m project to transform the historic mansion house at Ury Estate into a centrepiece for the proposed world-class golf development which includes a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

The development also includes proposals to build an additional 90 homes on the estate.

Jonathon Milne, director of FM Group, added: “It is a pleasure to be able to extend our support for students at Mackie Academy to raise funds and take part in this unique challenge.”

29 April 2016

The Evening Express coverage on Ury

The local Evening Express have run a double page spread about Ury and the golf course following the Aberdeenshire councillor’s approval yesterday.

Evening Express 4&5

29 April 2016

The Golf Course and 5-star Hotel at Ury have been approved

The 18th and 19th greens

Councillors in Aberdeenshire yesterday voted 45-20 in favour of the development.

The golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus has been approved as part of an £80 million Scottish tourism development on Ury Estate. Part of the development by the FM Group involves the derelict Ury mansion which is to be converted into a five-star hotel and clubhouse.

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Mr Nicklaus said: “on behalf of everyone at Nicklaus Design, we are delighted with the news of the council’s approval.”

Mr Nicklaus said his aim was to design a course which “complements and celebrates” the north-east’s golfing heritage. He added: “We hope the golf course will be an enormous source of pride for the community, and provide a golf experience at Ury Estate that will only enhance tourism and strategic growth, but will absolutely protect and even enhance the existing environment.

“The reason we play golf is the game provides us an opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy it. Golfers love the environment, we want to protect it and enhance it. Ten years from now, we want everyone to consider good stewards of the land.”

At the full councillors meeting yesterday in Aberdeen, the local authority’s chief planner Robert Gray said: “The service has no issue with the golf course. We have a golf course we can all get behind. Its is of a very high standard and will attract tourists to the town.”

Links to the national press coverage on the BBC website, Evening Express and the Press and Journal.

27 April 2016

Inside the restoration of Ury House

Tour of the Ury Estate and the work being done to redevelop Ury House.  Currently there are plans in the works to redevelop the historic estate and transform it into an 18-hoel Jack Nicklaus golf course.These are the latest pictures showing the restoration of a historic North-east mansion planned to be turned into a luxury golf clubhouse and rooms.

The FM Group is behind the £80 million project to transform the Ury Estate at Stonehaven, with housing, a clubhouse and championship golf course proposed.

The developers want to turn the derelict Ury House into a luxury golf clubhouse with rooms at a proposed golf resort.

Tour of the Ury Estate and the proposed new golf course, Stonehaven. Pictured is the view from the top floor of the Ury Mansion House.

Tour of the Ury Estate and the proposed new golf course, Stonehaven.
Pictured is the view from the top floor of the Ury Mansion House.

But speaking to the Evening Express, Jonathon Milne, director at Ury Developments Ltd, today said the clubhouse and hotel won’t happen without a golf course next to it.

And if plans are rejected, it could lead to the mansion being used for corporate entertainment and weddings dependent on an operator being found.

Jack Nicklaus is due to design the course, but in a report going before the Kincardine and Mearns area committee tomorrow, members have been asked by Aberdeenshire Council’s planning service to back refusal citing the impact on the areas Slicewells Wood.

Tour of the Ury Estate and the work being done to redevelop Ury House.  Currently there are plans in the works to redevelop the historic estate and transform it into an 18-hoel Jack Nicklaus golf course.

Tour of the Ury Estate and the work being done to redevelop Ury House. Currently there are plans in the works to redevelop the historic estate and transform it into an 18-hoel Jack Nicklaus golf course.

Mr Milne said: “The restoration of Ury mansion House is proceeding well and the stunning, historic building now has a roof for the first time in 50 or 60 years.

“The constraints of the building mean that we will only have five or six bedrooms – which will not be viable for a boutique hotel use.

“We envisage the building as an attractive golf clubhouse, but without a golf course that doesn’t make sense.

“We are therefore hoping that the golf course goes ahead so that we can secure the sustainable ongoing use of Ury House.”

Tour of the Ury Estate and the proposed new golf course, Stonehaven. Pictured is inside the Ury Mansion House.

Tour of the Ury Estate and the proposed new golf course, Stonehaven.
Pictured is inside the Ury Mansion House.

He added: “We are currently working on getting the building wind and water tight and it’s great seeing the building regain its stature. Given the limitations regarding the number of bedrooms which can be accommodated, the ideal long-term, commercial use is as a golf clubhouse with boutique hotel facilities.

“If the golf course does not go ahead, then we will need to take stock on completion of the work to get it wind and water tight and consider other viable uses for the building which will ensure its long-term sustainability.”

Tour of the Ury Estate and the proposed new golf course, Stonehaven. Pictured is the workers on the roof of the Ury Mansion House.

Tour of the Ury Estate and the proposed new golf course, Stonehaven.
Pictured is the workers on the roof of the Ury Mansion House.

Ury House was designed by architect John Baird and dates from 1855. After falling into disrepair, Ury House had its roof removed by the then owners in 1959 to avoid the payment of rates on the property.

The building was placed in the ‘high risk’ category of the Buildings at Risk Register in 1990.

27 April 2016

Jack Nicklaus to visit Ury

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Jack Nicklaus in front of Ury House on Ury Estate, Stonehaven.

Jack Nicklaus, the world’s greatest golfer today said he will fly to the North-east if plans for his £80 million golf course are approved.

Plans by FM Group for an 18-hole course and 90 homes at the Ury Estate, on the outskirts of Stonehaven, will go before the Kincardine and Mearns area committee on Tuesday.

Jack Nicklaus is due to design the course but in a report going before the committee, members are asked by Aberdeenshire Council’s planners to refuse the development, citing the impact on Slicewells Wood.

The golfer confirmed he will fly to the North-east to mark work starting on the course if councillors back the plans. And Mr Nicklaus today told the Evening Express his course would attract enthusiasts from across the world.

He said: “As a potential decision on the Ury Estate development draws near, we are getting even more excited about the potential to create a truly special golf experience – one we hope will be a source of tourism, economic impact, decades of recreation, and, perhaps most important, leave a proud and lasting legacy for Aberdeenshire. The stunning natural environment of this location will make for a spectacular golf course, which has the ability to attract people from all over the world.

“As our global reputation as good stewards of the land would indicate, our team’s goal is to not only protect this unique environment, but enhance it for generations to come. We have enjoyed designing a course, which blends into the existing scenery and uses every rise and fall to both challenge and entertain golfers.

“We hope that the planning decision is a positive one, and that my next trip to Scotland will be to officially commence the construction of the golf course at Ury.”

The FM Group has said the 90 houses proposed on Ury Estate would be used to fund the development of the golf course.

Of these, 44 of the houses, situated to the north, are proposed near Slicewells Wood, which date to the 18th and 19th centuries.