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On the roof of Caithness Row with the renovation team.

I got a real bird's eye view of New Lanark this week, from the rooftop of Caithness Row during a scaffolding tour. 

 

Originally built for Robert Owen’s millworkers, Caithness Row was renovated to provide modern housing when conservation work began in the village some 50 years ago, but now the stonework and the roof are being renewed again with funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

 

As Catriona Burnett, Townscape Heritage/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme project co-ordinator told Aileen, renovating the New Lanark Trust buildings is like painting the Forth Bridge!

During the tour Graeme Frame, director of stonemasonry contractor CBC, spoke of some of the challenges in obtaining suitable materials – both the stone and the tools to work it - for conservation areas, and he showed her slates being checked before being recycled and reused on the roof.

CBC is a member of Stone Federation GB  which is working with the scheme to give Lanark Grammar pupils a mini-masterclass in traditional building skills in October, as they consider future careers. Aileen had the chance to meet two of CBC’s apprentices learning these skills working high above the ground during the tour.

It was great to watch traditional skills being put into practice and to see this historic building, already over 200 years old, being renovated so it can continue to provide homes for future generations.

Aileen Campbell MSP got a real bird's eye view of New Lanark this week, from the rooftop of Caithness Row during a scaffolding tour.

Originally built for Robert Owen’s millworkers, Caithness Row was renovated to provide modern housing when conservation work began in the village some 50 years ago, but now the stonework and the roof are being renewed again with funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

As Catriona Burnett, Townscape Heritage/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme project co-ordinator told Aileen, renovating the New Lanark Trust buildings is like painting the Forth Bridge!

During the tour Graeme Frame, director of stonemasonry contractor CBC, spoke of some of the challenges in obtaining suitable materials – both the stone and the tools to work it - for conservation areas, and he showed her slates being checked before being recycled and reused on the roof.

CBC is a member of Stone Federation GB  which is working with the scheme to give Lanark Grammar pupils a mini-masterclass in traditional building skills in October, as they consider future careers. Aileen had the chance to meet two of CBC’s apprentices learning these skills working high above the ground during the tour.

“It was great to watch traditional skills being put into practice and to see this historic building, already over 200 years old, being renovated so it can continue to provide homes for future generations,” said Aileen.

 

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