Inverness Town House works move to second phase.
The first phase of renovations at Inverness Town House are complete and today (Thursday 23 June 2016) a banner wrap that has been covering the exterior scaffolding at the Historic Listed building will be removed and stored.
In order to start the second phase the existing scaffolding on the first phase works will be altered and scaffolding will be erected for the second phase of works on Castle Street.
Works to erect scaffolding on Castle Street are expected to begin on Sunday 26 June. There will be a single lane road closure on Sunday to allow for these initial works to take place, following which it will take two to three weeks for the scaffolding to be erected.
It is intended that the banner wrap - weather depending - will be re-fitted early July.
Laing Traditional Masonry, contractors for The Highland Council are carrying out the external refurbishment works.
With an average of 25,000 man hours onsite, they have replaced 1482(360m2) stones to the façade - each one individually sized, template, carved and built which equates to 162 tonnes of new stone with 70 tonnes of backing mortar/infill.
The roofs have been overhauled, new rainwater goods installed, lead work replaced and stained glass windows refurbished. There has been on average 2 stonemason apprentices, 2 slating apprentices, and 3 building conservation technician apprentices with 2 of the apprentices completing their vocational qualification in construction management during their time on site.
Provost and Leader of Inverness, Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “I am very pleased that work is progressing smoothly on to the next phase of restoring the Town House and I am particularly pleased that apprentices working on the project are gaining invaluable training and skills that can be used for future employment in this specialist industry.”