Stranraer Museum Repairs Progressing Well

Work at Stranraer Museum has been progressing well with key tasks taking place such as the careful removal of paint and cement render from the stonework and opening-up the roof and interior walls.

Buildings of the Museum’s nature and age are challenging and introduce unknowns to planned traditional construction. As the project is progressing it is becoming apparent Stranraer Museum has its own challenges and unknowns which could only be identified once work was underway and full scaffolding in place.

Comprehensive examination has highlighted some additional work required and the project design team have been working tirelessly alongside the contractor to mitigate challenges and identify the best solutions to assist with delivery of the project. Modern design solutions which protect the character of the building while ensuring it meets 21st Century standards are being implemented. This intricate work is being delivered by a specialist team that includes architects, structural engineers and stonemasons working to the highest standard in historic building conservation. The result will ensure the building can continue to contribute to the quality of Stranraer town centre well into the future and is painstaking and detailed in its nature.

With the information now available, the work programme has been revised and will be completed by the end of August 2023. This will require the continued closure of Church Street to vehicle traffic given the scaffolding and site compound arrangements required to protect the workforce and the public while work is in progress.

Councillor Ian Carruthers, Chair of the Council’s Economy and Resources Committee said, “The Council is grateful for the continued understanding of the local community while these essential repairs to Stranraer Museum are carried out. This work demonstrates our commitment to investment in Stranraer town centre as part of our economic development strategy for the area. The nature of historic buildings makes their repair particularly demanding however these places contribute enormously to the unique character of our towns and are an important part of our local heritage.”
Councillor David Inglis, Vice Chair of the Council’s E&R Committee added, “Key historic attractions like Stranraer Museum play a vital part in bringing visitors to the town which in turn supports our local economy. The Museum complements other tourism initiatives developing in the area such as watersports’ activities and provides an important educational service for the local community The Museum building has fulfilled many civic functions in its 247 year history and the current work will ensure it remains an asset to local people well into the future. The understanding of the local community while this work is undertaken is greatly appreciated.”

The Museum repair work is being enabled by funding from Historic Environment Scotland as part of Stranraer Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) project along with funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Latest Articles