Restoration works to the Lewis War Memorial have now been completed, says Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
To complete the work, the Comhairle was successful in securing a grant of £132,000 from the War Memorial Trust's First World War Memorials Programme, for £200,000 of refurbishment proposals.
The War Memorial Trust is based in London but covers the whole of the UK. This grant is the largest award given by the Trust from this particular programme.
The project commenced on site in May of 2017, with the need for the Memorial to be completely covered in external scaffolding therefore affording the workers access to all areas of the structure.
The main works undertaken were:
- External stonework pointing to all elevations and faces of the memorial, removing the existing pointing and replacing with hydraulic lime/sand mortar.
- Replacement of 15 slim windows with new timber vented louvres and the replacement of the four 9-pane windows to level four of the memorial.
- Replacement and renewal of the top turret roof covering and structural members in code 8 lead.
- New upgraded lightning conductor was fitted
- The internal work was primarily the removal of existing secondary material (cement render, plaster and paint) and then subsequent repointing of the inner walls with lime/sand mortar. This will allow the walls to ‘breathe’ whereas before water and moisture were trapped.
- The internal galvanised steel spiral stair received refurbishment.
- The two high level doors and the main entrance door were refurbished with the main door being painted in “Poppy Red”.
The works were completed as planned in late September.
Councillor Norman A. Macdonald, Comhairle Convener and Chair of the Local Remembrance Group, told www.welovestornoway.com earlier : “As a council we have spent quite a bit of money on the War Memorial over the years, but it was more patching up, not repairing, just care and maintenance and not a proper repair job. This is work that will hopefully secure the Lewis War Memorial for many generations."