Friday 1st March 2019
At their meeting on Monday 25th February, trustees were brought up to date with progress on this long-awaited partnership project, designed to improve and regenerate listed buildings, key structures and pathways in the Conservation Area within the Castle environs.
Breedon Hebrides is, this week, establishing a site compound adjacent to the Castle prior to commencing civil engineering works which will include drainage of the Castle green, and reinstatement of core paths.
Mindful that the HebCelt team will require access to the green in good time to prepare for festival week, it is intended that the site compound will be dismantled in advance of that, when the drainage works are complete and that the contractor will work around these activities, as well as the work of the second contractor, Neil MacKay & Co.
Neil MacKay & co. has the structures and buildings contract. That work has been prioritised as follows:
– Boatman’s Tower(A-listed)
– Porter’s Lodge (B-listed)
– Bastion wall
– Sunken (private) garden walls
– Matheson Bridge, and Old Castle Bridge
– Shoe Burn Glen bridges
– Sea wall vegetation clearance in advance of Sea wall repairs/rebuilds.
It is hoped that work on the buildings will commence in early April with the Boatman’s Tower, and that everything else should progress from there, with the final item on the list (sea wall vegetation clearance) being left until later. Ideally, that should be underway between September of this year and March 2020.
Stornoway Trust will be appointing someone to the new post of Head Gardener, and recruiting a Garden Squad, particularly to oversee the renovation of the private gardens. Towards the end of the programme of works, a stonemason will be contracted to complete the minor repairs required for the seawall and other structures which are not addressed in this first phase of works.
We are very grateful to HLF and HES for their support in this project.