The Dunoon Burgh Hall team says that the building contractors, WH Kirkwood Ltd, who are undertaking the renovation and upgrading of the building have now been busy on site for over twenty weeks – with impressive progress.
All of the groundworks for the new layout on the ground floor are complete, with the new toilets, gallery and workshop spaces taking shape.
The small rooms in the old caretaker’s flat on its north side followed the slope of Hanover Street over three different levels. In a major piece of work this space has been raised on to one level to allow disabled access throughout.
The new lift shaft has been built.
The café extension in the back garden now has its retaining walls and concrete floor in place.
The scaffolding visible around the building is there to give access for stonework repairs and repointing. The scaffold has also allowed work to start on the removal of the hundreds of roof slates, which are being carefully cleaned and restored, so that as many as possible can be re-used.
A great deal of work has been done in the main hall, restoring the stage and the floorboards on the dance floor and the kitchen area has been extended – which will be a very welcome development the many community groups that use the building.
The Viking-faced stained glass window has been removed for refurbishment, with before and after-removal photographs above The team have had exciting progress photographs on the releading of the glass from the Rainbow Glass Studio in Prestwick which is doing the job.
The next phase of work involves the installation of a large crash deck within the main hall. This will enable major engineering work on the roof structure to begin. This complicated work involves the installation of new steel supports alongside the existing wooden rafters, strengthening the whole building and allowing the unsightly old steelwork to be removed.
The fundraising for the refit of the building is ongoing.
Anyone who would like to sponsor a tile, a floorboard, a balcony seat – or even the Viking himself – check out the ‘Be a Sponsor’ scheme on the website here – and have a look at some of the ‘behind the scenes’ photographs of work in progress while you’re there.