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Forestry Commission Scotland’s team at David Marshall Lodge will be decanting the building next week (w/c 24 Sept) in readiness for upgrade work beginning.
With planning permission received on 23rd August for phase II of the works, which deal with the Lodge itself, the team is set to go as soon as Listed Building Consent is granted.
Susan Nash, who is the Commission’s project manager said:
“While we’re waiting we still have a lot of work to do to get everything out of the building and into storage.
“We’ll also be moving into some on-site temporary accommodation (port-a-cabins) on the 24th, so that we can still be on-hand to manage the trails – and the works. The Lodge will be closed that week but the trails will still be open – and the toilet facilities!
“It’s very exciting. By the time the job’s finished, David Marshall Lodge will look fantastic - inside and out - and we’re confident that everyone will just be bowled over by it.
“It’s going to make the Lodge more than ready to see through it’s next 50 years – at least!"
The upgrade work is expected to commence on 1 October and will continue throughout the winter.
All the trails and walks and outdoor facilities will still be available and a small café facility – able to seat 30 people - will also be on site to serve light lunches, hot drinks and food.
For more information about the works – ands to get an idea of what the made-over Lodge will look like, visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8MYJA9
Notes to Editors
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