Published: 04/09/2012 14:00 - Updated: 04/09/2012 12:17

City leader tours Inverness Steeple refurb

Written byBy Helen Bushnell

City leader Ian Brown at the top of Inverness Steeple
City leader Ian Brown at the top of Inverness Steeple

THE city's leader was given a bird’s eye view of the city as he enjoyed a tour of revamp works  at the 300-year-old Inverness Steeple.

Highland Councillor Ian Brown, who is Highland Council’s Leader of City, recently inspected major refurbishment works on-going at the steeple above Bridge Street and Church Street.

Leader Brown was shown round by contractors Laing Traditional Masonry of Kirkcaldy who were appointed by Highland Council to carry out the work at an estimated cost of £550,000. The restoration project is being funded by Inverness Common Good Fund and Historic Scotland.

The clock face of Inverness Steeple will be repaired as part of the revamp
The clock face of Inverness Steeple will be repaired as part of the revamp

He said: "The current works and scaffolding are clearly visible now on the skyline for all to see and I am pleased to say that good progress is being made on preserving this historic and iconic Inverness structure."

Scaffolding is currently surrounding the Grade A-listed building to enable the contractor to access areas of worn or damaged stone that require to be replaced or repointed and to remove loose masonry.

Other works will include repairs to the clock face and bell mechanisms and weather vane.

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