Case Studies – Restoring The Lewis War Memorial
Restoring The Lewis War Memorial
We were delighted to have been appointed for restoring the Lewis War Memorial. The historic war memorial was dedicated to the men who lost their lives in World War I from the Lewis area. It was completed in 1924 and is positioned at the highest point of Stornoway and is visible from outer space!
The project involved a diverse range of skills including removing and replacing render to reveal stonework using lime mortar for the pointing, replacing the timber windows and carrying out restoration work to the spiral staircase ironmongery. Further tasks included roof lead work and using our Doff Integra Machine to clean the stone.
“Architectural Conservation were the main contractors involved in the restoration of the 28m high Lewis War Memorial. On what is a very exposed location the external works were delivered from a full height, all elevation scaffolding which primarily involved the careful and sympathetic racking out of all external joints and re-pointing in a lime mortar mix. Full internal pointing and repair work to the concrete floor slabs was also undertaken. Architectural Conservation’s management were also responsible for the organisation, and co-ordination of all the sub-contractor elements which involved repairs to the top turret roof, full window and louvre replacement, installation of a new lightning conductor and internal stair repairs and decoration.
The close knit team from Architectural Conservation worked long hours and it was obvious that they had the skill level and were passionate about delivering a quality finish in this important conservation project. They adapted well to the culture and environment of the Western Isles during the summer of 2017.
This project, funded from a grant from the War Memorial Trust and the Western Isles Council has been extremely well received in the community and since completion has been subject to a number of formal visits.”
Marten R. James, Property Maintenance Delivery Manager and Lewis War Memorial Project Manager, Western Isles Council