Falkirk Community Trust
Kinneil House and the surrounding parkland that makes up Kinneil Estate is a complex site of great importance. Kinneil House is A-listed and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument that is managed and maintained by Historic Scotland as a Property in Care. The remainder of the site, owned by Falkirk Council, but managed by Falkirk Community Trust has a number of further assets and linkages to historic events and individuals that are not being fully capitalised upon. These include the Antonine Wall that runs through the site, the links to James Watt who worked in a cottage neighbouring the House, the birth of Bo’ness in the lost village of Kinneil and the natural heritage value and wider landscape setting of the surrounding woodlands. Contemporary developments include the John Muir Way which passes through the site.
Jura Consultants was commissioned by Falkirk Community Trust to complete a Development Options Feasibility Study for Kinneil House to explore potential options for the future of the House, which is both highly significant in heritage terms but also very important to the local community. This work was carried out in parallel to a master plan that was being developed for the wider Kinneil Estate. A range of options were considered with recommendations that included using the eco-museum model, whereby narratives are delivered across an area using a range of methods. The findings included imaginative ways to access and interpret the House which now contains no internal structure along with connections to the Estate. These are still being considered by the Development Trust as part of their planning for future projects.