Scaffolding comes down on Cathedral

BRECHIN Cathedral, which has just undergone a six-figure capital investment to rid the building of dry rot.
BRECHIN Cathedral, which has just undergone a six-figure capital investment to rid the building of dry rot.

WHILE Brechin’s Town centre remains awash with scaffolding, one of the city’s most ancient buildings has at last seen the back of it - hopefully for some time to come.

Brechin Cathedral has just undergone treatment for dry rot which was a major capital project for those involved at the church amount to over £300,000 and church officials are hopeful that with the help of various grants and funding partners the cash outlay will be one that doesn’t have to be repeated in the near future.`

Cathedral spokesman, Doug Taylor said: “There is no other way to describe this other than a major capital expenditure for the church at over £300,000 plus VAT.

“We are hopeful that all the treatment which has been carried out will protect the building the period for a lengthy period of time.

“The project started on September 27. However, because of the sever weather there were a couple of delays. It should have been completed on March 27. However, given what the winter was like there was an extension period of four weeks.

“The weather play a big part in it. It looks tidy and good appearance wise.

“What we are now going to do is look at the drainage on the ground, following a less than successful meeting with Angus Council recently.

“We are going to horse-shoe some of the drains and ensure that the drainage system on the roof is working in an effort to make sure the water is effectively being cleared from the buildings.

“At the moment there are only soak aways at the back of the church and we are looking to improve things on that front. So the next phase will all be about drainage and taking water away from the building.

“Historic Scotland has supported us and we are awaiting word on a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well. One thing we should also make clear also is this has been a totally independently funded project and has no connection whatsoever with the ongoing THI.”