A £500,000 project to restore St John’s Church in Largs is nearing completion.
The project comprises an extensive scheme of restoration and repair works, including stone indenting, re-pointing and re-slating works, rot repair works, the installation of new lead and the repair of external timber louvers.
The stone indenting work includes both ashlar and rubble stonework – making use of stones which have a suitable geological composition – whilst the re-pointing work is being undertaken using traditional lime mortar.
In addition, work is also being undertaken on the church’s internal electrical systems to modernise the site’s audio-visual capabilities, whilst the interior of the church will benefit from redecoration.
Work began on the project in June 2012. Laing Traditional Masonry is the main contractor on the project, whilst Andrew Easton of Robert Potter & Partners is the lead architect on the site.
The St John’s Restoration project is being undertaken on behalf of the congregation of St John’s Church, with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To date, the majority of the external works have been completed on the scheme and work is now focusing on the internal aspects of the project.
Robert Potter & Partners Company Partner, Andrew Easton, said:
“St John’s is situated within a very prominent seaside location, so it suffers a great deal from constant exposure to the sea air. The salt in the sea has affected the stone work considerably, which has resulted in the need for the stone indenting works, whilst other areas of the church were also in need of restoration.
“As St John’s Church is Category ‘B’ listed, the most important aspect of this project for us is that we do not do anything which will have a detrimental effect on the existing fabric of the building. All of the repairs and restoration work that we are undertaking is being conducted sensitively.”
“At Robert Potter & Partners we have two architects in our practice who are conservation accredited, whilst we have other team members who are currently working towards accreditation. As a practice we undertake various types of work, from social housing and health care to conservation schemes, so working on a project like this is very important to us. Undertaking the restoration of historic buildings is a core element of our practice and protecting the built environment is a very important duty that we as a custodian of this building take very seriously.
“Our involvement with St John’s Church ensures that the specifications are appropriate and that the materials used can protect this building for future generations.”
The restoration of St John’s Church is on programme and is currently scheduled to reach completion in December 2012.