Lews Castle repair works underway

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Long awaited repair works to the historic Lews Castle are scheduled to start on Monday 26 March and will continue until December 2012.

The £2 million works, funded by the Comhairle, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, will repair roofs, stonework, windows and doors and will also involve removal of asbestos and some minor demolitions.  This is the first phase of the development of the Lews Castle and Museum nan Eilean project.

The area around the main entrance to the Castle will be used as the contractor’s compound and from Monday 26 March there will be no car parking for the public available in this area.

Pedestrians will be able to use the terrace path in front of the castle which connects through to the castle gardens. This will provide a good view of the repair works. The information boards at the front door of the castle will be re-located to a prominent position at the front of the Castle.

Nick Oldfield, Contracts Manager, Patton adds, “This is an exciting stage of the project, as we get ready to begin work on site.

“We are delighted to be working on such a prestigious scheme as Lews Castle and every member of our team is looking forward to working closely with the local community and to exceeding expectations on this job.”