Formerly a world renowned mental hospital at Dumfries, regional centre of southwest Scotland, the estate was bought by Dumfries and Galloway Council in 1995 and leased to the Crichton Trust. Since then the nationally important conservation estate has been redeveloped by the Trustís subsidiary, the Crichton Development Company.
Two main organisations were set up to manage the redevelopment of the site. The estate is leased to the Crichton Trust, a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. To ensure that a wide range of commercial property management and marketing can be carried out, the Trust owns a trading company, Crichton Development Company Ltd, that carries out the day to day running of the estate. A separate dedicated charity, the Crichton Foundation, also provides direct support for the project and liaises with the local community.
The Trust has the overall strategic responsibility of ensuring that the site is managed and developed to an appropriate standard. It also monitors the work of the Development Company. In addition, the Trust is responsible for the preparation and rolling forward of a Stakeholder Strategy setting out the roles and responsibilities of all of the organisations and agencies cooperating in delivering the regeneration project.