Inverness Town House

Client: The Highland Council

Inverness Town House is a complex of buildings at the heart of Inverness’ city centre, which is category A listed and is therefore of national or international importance. The most significant element is the 1878 Town House which was designed by local architects, Mathews and Lawrie, in a distinctive Flemish Baronial style. It has been much extended and altered over the years and, unfortunately, the elaborate stonework of the Town House had deteriorated to an extent that regular maintenance was required to obviate the risk to the public from falling masonry.

The Highland Council appointed a consultant team led by LDN Architects to investigate the problem and devise a repairs strategy. Through detailed analysis, an inherent defect in the original stonework was identified and a phased programme of repair and replacement has been put in place. LDN Architects surveyed each elevation and every individual stone in order to produce detailed repairs drawings and specifications. On particular facades, up to 80% of the stones, many of which are carved, required replacement. LDN’s involvement extended through to the site phase where they were responsible for overseeing the implementation of the proposals.

In addition to extensive masonry replacement, the second phase of work includes roof repairs and the refurbishment of the building’s distinctive interiors and stained glass windows.

The result of the work is a significant building restored to its original glory and preserved for future generations.

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