Cranes on the skyline used to be a sign of economic prosperity in the old days of venture capitalism.....Dumfries is putting foundations in place for an altogether different vision of a successful future - one founded on localism, cooperation, culture and heritage. So the sight of this massive crane above Moat Brae last week was especially welcome as 'the new heralded by the old'
Project director Cathy Agnew of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust said it was great to see "something so positive" after deconstruction work to date."It has visibly moved the project forward," she said. "The old patient lift from Moat Brae's nursing home days has now been removed and three major central beams have been installed."
First phase works for the creation of a national centre for children's literature on the site are on schedule to be completed by the end of 2013. Architects are currently working on the second phase which includes visitor facilities and developing land behind the house.