A number of Brechin THI project near completion

Work continues on the Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) with all High Street projects now on site.

This includes works at 25-27 which were delayed due to structural issues to the neighbouring building.

A number of the projects are nearing completion, and should be completed in the next two months.

These include building repair projects at 39-41, 51-55 and 33 High Street.

The roof canopy to protect the Merchant’s House, 68-72 High Street, was put up in late March and the cement roofing sheets were removed in mid-April in order to allow for a new roof structure to be constructed.

The new roof will be independent from the historic roof structure which will not be load bearing.

Another significant and visible change has been the construction of the Nepus/Tympanum chimney gable to the High Street (front) elevation.

Further along in the project, the walls of the building will be lime harled, apart from the 19th century ground floor shop fronts which are of ashlar construction.

The sandstone to the shop fronts will, therefore, remain exposed as originally intended.

The contractor, WH Brown Construction, has recently received funding from Historic Scotland for two joinery apprentices under the Craft Fellowship Scheme.

These apprentices will attend their local colleges at Dundee and Arbroath and will be engaged on Brown Construction sites in Angus, Tayside and Fife.

The sites will include the Merchant’s House and they will also receive training on other restoration projects during their four year apprenticeship.

There were significant structural issues that needed to be address as a priority for the building at 29-31 High Street, which had lain vacant since it was used as the location for the short film, Tattoo, in 2001.

To the rear of the shop, a single storey dilapidated extension was removed and revealed that there were no footings to the external walls and no underpinning to the party wall.

These issues have now been addressed.

Other projects on site include the Northern Hotel which now has part of the scaffolding in place.

A grant has been awarded to carry out building repairs to the category B listed building.

This will include re-roofing, replacement of cast iron rainwater goods where beyond repair, stonework repairs, and repairs and replacements of the sash and case windows.

A grant has been awarded for the extension of the dental practice on the corner of 1 St James Place and 94 City Road, which will allow for the integration and refurbishment of a traditional building into the practice.

This building, formally a wool shop, has been vacant for a number of years.

Works to this building will allow for the expansion of the business by accommodating four new members of staff.

Works commenced on site at 37 St David Street in February and are due to be completed in June.

The works include the repair of the roof, renewal or refurbishment of the cast iron rainwater goods, stonework repairs, repointing and timber preservation works.

The joint THI and TCRF project at 2 Market Street, for the refurbishment of six vacant flats, looks likely to have the scaffolding taken down in June with the completion of the external repairs.

Interior works will continue thereafter, which includes the reinstatement of the cornicing and timberwork such as the shutters following the timber preservation works.

Thereafter, kitchens and bathrooms will be installed.