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North Ayrshire Council Historic Structures

Robert Potter and Partners have been carrying out fabric condition surveys and fabric repairs to a number of Scheduled Monuments and Listed buildings within North Ayrshire for over 20 years.

These include:

– Seagate Castle, Irvine (Scheduled Monument)
– Ardrossan Castle, (Scheduled Monument)
– Kerelaw Castle, Stevenston, (Scheduled Monument)
– Eglinton Castle, (Category C Listed)
– Kilwinning Abbey Tower (Category B Listed)
– Kilbride Chapel, Arran, (Scheduled Monument)
– Stane Castle, Irvine (Category B Listed)

There are over 8,000 Scheduled Monuments across Scotland ranging from standing stones, burial sites through to Roman remains and medieval structures such as castles and monasteries. Scheduling can also include later structures such as industrial sites and structures constructed for the World Wars. The oldest Scheduled Monuments date from around 8,000 years ago, when people first settled here.

Scheduled Monuments are of national importance and are protected by the Ancient Monuments Act. Consent is required for most works, including repairs.

Our Practice has three RIAS Accredited Conservation Architects (two to Advanced Level). We have implemented various schemes of careful repair and conservation work to the above structures helping to safeguard these for future generations.

The scope of our involvement has included preparing stone by stone survey drawings, condition surveys, conservation statements, outline proposals, detailed proposals and specifications, obtaining all necessary consents including Planning Permission, Building Warrant, Listed Building Consent and Scheduled Monument Consent and thereafter administering the contracts through to completion. Where conservation statements are required, we are skilled at carrying out research and analysis into the phasing and significance of historic structures.

Works have included stonework repairs, re-pointing, grouting, structural repairs by an accredited Structural Engineer, access improvements, laser scanning, photogrammetry, vegetation removal, archaeological investigations, rough racking and soft topping.

All the above structures are listed buildings or Scheduled Monuments, demanding the highest standards of conservation practice and workmanship. In addition, we are adept at developing  positive working relationships with community groups and other stakeholders.

Congratulations to you and the project team for a great job on behalf of North Ayrshire Council, we have already had positive feedback from the community.

Simon Stronach, Senior Casework Officer, Historic Environment Scotland