A tradesman claims the he fitted 40 hand-made doors and windows at the Georgian mansion in Ayrshire and he hasn’t been paid for the works.
SEVEN years ago, Prince Charles announced plans to rescue a stately home in Ayrshire and kickstart the local economy.
He formed a charitable trust to raise £45million to save 250-year-old Dumfries House from being sold off at auction – and put £20million from his own foundation into the pot.
But a craftsman who helped the prince realise his dream of renovating the 18th century building claims he is now being forced out of business – because he is still owed payments from the main contractors.
The main contractors, Paisley-based Taylor and Fraser, were awarded the contract to restore the buildings and landscape the 2000-acre Knockroon estate in time for the official opening but subcontracted much of the work out to tradesmen.
Jim, who owns JJ Building Refurbishment in Airdrie, won a £43,000 contract to fit the doors and windows and hoped it would earn him a Royal Seal of Approval to give his business a much-needed boost.
But the 53-year-old claims that Taylor and Fraser, who handed him the contract in February, still owe him around £10,000.
Jim and his eight-strong team completed the job in time for the opening in April.
He said: “I was over the moon when I got the chance to work at Dumfries House and put all my other work on hold for it.
“They asked me to supply doors and windows before the opening and I nearly killed myself meeting those deadlines.
“We all worked our fingers to the bone because we thought it could be the start of great things for the business.
“I was hoping for the Royal Seal of Approval because they were delighted with the work and praised it to the hilt.