THI work progresses

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Work in progressing well in a number Brechin townscape heritage initiative projects (writes Shona Beaton).

Scaffolding has been removed from 33 - 41 High Street and, although works have still to be completed, there is a visible improvement to the façades of the buildings.

Work carried out has included re-pointing with lime mortar, stone repairs, and the refurbishment of the windows, repainting of woodwork and new or repaired rainwater goods in cast iron or zinc. Work at 25-27 High Street was scheduled to have been completed by the end of September.

This has included the rebuilding of the structurally unsound chimneys, repair and/or renewal of the cast iron rainwater goods and the repainting and repair of the rendered façade.

Works to the front elevation of 51-55 High Street are nearing completion and the scaffolding has now been removed. Some repainting work is still to be completed.

Re-slating of the roof, repairs to the gutters and window refurbishment are ongoing at the rear of the building.

The last priority project, 45-47 High Street, is now on site.

Once the downtakings have been completed and the rear lean to has been demolished, the scaffolding will be erected in order to carry out stonework and window repairs/replacement.

This will result in the full refurbishment to the interior of the ground and first floors to provide two retail units and a two bedroom first floor flat for rent.

New windows at the Merchant’s House have transformed the look of the building.

Restoration to the historic roof timbers is now complete and re-slating of the roof is also nearing completion.

Preparatory work is in hand in order to allow for the application of the lime harling to the building.

This includes the replacement of stone sills, window surrounds and string courses where necessary.

Internally, a ‘sample’ room has been completed. This includes repaired or reinstated cornices, refurbished or reinstated joinery including the shutters, windows and fire surrounds.

A new staircase has been constructed in the lower of the two townhouses giving access from the ground floor to the first floor.

The timber floors have been stiffened, retaining all historic timber joists where possible.

Partitions have now been constructed internally, dividing the house back into two and reconfiguring the former floor plan in order to accommodate modern facilities.

Plastering is also well underway, and includes the reinstatement and repair of the existing cornices.

The project is now past the midway point.

Works have been completed to ensure the structural integrity of the building at 29-31 High street where new joists have been inserted.

The roof has been re-slated and although some indenting with replacement stone will be necessary, the application of a lime harl will not be carried out as stonework to the building is in better condition than anticipated. A lean-to has been demolished and a new stone arched entrance has been constructed to allow rear access for occupants of the upper floor flats.

New shop window frames have recently been inserted and the stair tower window to the rear has been repaired. Internally partitions have been inserted. Work is currently on site at the Northern Hotel, although the original completion date has slipped back.

Other works will include the repair of rainwater goods, stone repair, window repair or replacement and re-slating of the roof to the Panmure Street elevation.

Works have been completed at 37 St David Street (exterior building repairs), 18 St David Street (windows only) and 2 Market Street (interior and exterior repairs). Other building repair projects currently on site are: the Clydesdale Bank/2 Panmure Street (building repairs), the Mechanics Institute and the first phase of 12 St David Street.