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The £19.5 million rescue of the Lews Castle in Stornoway is in the running for a historic building restoration award.

The redeveloped building is in the the final of the Great British Buildings Restoration competition organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Channel 4’s Great British Buildings programme is covering the “restoration of the year” project which looks for the very best in heritage rescue projects.

In its latest episode, the medieval-style Lews Castle was crowned joint winner - with Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland of the Victorian category.

Judges said the castle was such a “difficult building that had been out of use for forty years so finding a new use was going to be a major achievement.

“It would have been so easy to have taken a lesser route but in this instance they grabbed it by the horns and they have given a real full-blooded restoration.”

The awards promote works which enhance the historic character and significance of the building as well as celebrating the use of traditional skills, craftsmanship and materials.

Rescued Lews Castle shortlisted for national restoration award

3 April 2017