The house in Dumfries that inspired the writer JM Barrie to dream up the Peter Pan story will be transformed into a centre for children's literature.
Building contractors employed by the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are due to start work on January 21st.
Phase one should take about 9 months to complete and will involve putting a new roof on the house, repairing external walls and replacing defective walls, floors and ceilings inside.
The Trust said that the work would result in a wind and watertight structure.
Work on the next phase of its development as a national centre for children’s literature can then begin.
The initial work will cost around £0.75 million and is being funded by Historic Scotland, the Garfield Weston Foundation, William Grant and Sons, family trusts and private donations.
– Dame Barbara Kelly, Chairman of The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust
We are very pleased to reach another significant stage in our efforts to save and restore Moat Brae and our eventual aim of opening a national centre for children’s literature. Today’s announcement means jobs for the region and brings us closer to establishing a newfocus to help in the regeneration of Dumfries. T Graham and Son have an excellent track record in conservation schemes like this one and we are delighted to have been able toappoint them as contractors for the Moat Brae restoration project.