Elite Ayrshire Business Circle members complete major heritage conservation project

From: Fame Publicity Services
Published: Sun May 10 2009

Two founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle have successfully completed a major heritage conservation project on a category B listed church building in the west end of Glasgow.

ARP Lorimer and Associates were the architects, and building contractors William Skinner & Son were the main contractors in the work undertaken to conserve and repair St John’s Renfield Church of Scotland in Kelvindale Glasgow.

The B Listed church built in the 1930’s in a Neo-Romanesque style, is a striking landmark on the skyline of Glasgow’s west end, with a very fine lead fleche spire.

Substantial grants from Historic Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund contributed around 70% of the contract costs for the complete recladding of the leadwork, repair of the spire timber structure and other high level masonry and roof repairs.

Specialist leadwork was carried out by D Blake and Son of Edinburgh who have entered the fine craftsmanship for a European Award. Detail of the fleche leadwork is extraordinary with decorative fret panels, biblical shields, griffin head spouts, praying figures surrounding a false bell, and an ornate wrought iron finial which they also restored.

During the Second World War the church had taken a bomb through the nave roof during the Clydeside raids, but the fleche was unscathed. Two-thirds of the roof required complete rebuilding at the time, and the current project has included the re-slating of the original third which had been retained. A full height scaffold to the building gave the opportunity for extensive repair and repointing of stonework at high level, carried out by specialist masons CBC Stone of Glasgow. Other work included replacement lightning conductor and repairs to hall roofs. Despite one of the worst winters for several years the project made steady progress over a 10-month contract period.

The congregation of St John’s Renfield Church continued with their usual pattern of services and busy hall activities through the week with minimal inconvenience from the workforce 80ft above them. However they were thankful when the work was complete and the scaffold came down, and celebrated with a re-dedication of the church with open air psalm singing on Palm Sunday. They are now considering floodlighting of the fleche spire.

Rebecca Cadie, a director of ARP Lorimer, was the project architect, and John Ramsay, an associate, was project quantity surveyor and Construction, Design & Management (CDM) co-ordinator.

Ken Wales is business development director at building contractors William Skinner & Son. He commented: "We are delighted to have had the opportunity of working on the St John’s Church Renfield project with ARP Lorimer & Associates. William Skinner & Son has built up considerable expertise and experience in heritage listed building renovation and restoration. We have worked on several projects recently in Ayr, Alloway and Culzean Castle, and in England for Cambridge University."

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ARP Lorimer & Associates
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896
E-mail: plorimer@arpl.co.uk
Web: http://www.arpl.co.uk

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William Skinner & Son
Building Contractors
Cunningham House
St Quivox
Ayr KA6 5HQ
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Sandy Cunningham
Managing Director
Tel: 01292 671188
Fax: 01292 671133
E-mail: scunningham@williamskinner.co.uk
Web: http://www.williamskinner.co.uk


Architects ARP Lorimer & Associates and building contractors William Skinner & Son are founder members of the Elite Ayrshire business Circle.

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council. and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

Website: http://www.eliteayrshire.com

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Clydesdale Bank http://www.cbonline.co.uk
Ayr Racecourse http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
Western House Hotel http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk/hotel.html
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Frazer Coogans Solicitors http://www.frazercoogans.co.uk
Accident & Injury Claims Centre http://www.accidentclaims.com
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers http://www.mackaycorporate-brokers.com
Donald Ross Estate Agents: http://www.donaldross.co.uk
William Skinner & Son Building Contractors http://www.williamskinner.co.uk
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants http://www.sinclairscott.com
Paligap Creative Agency http://www.paligap.com
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects http://www.arpl.co.uk
Brunston Castle Golf Club http://www.brunstoncastle.co.uk
Visimetrics http://www.visimetrics.com
Fouters Restaurant http://www.fouters.co.uk
Christie Financial Planning Ltd http://www.christiefp.com
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors http://www.alwsurveyors.com
Kestrel Press http://www.kestrelpress.com
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy http://www.famepublicity.co.uk
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

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