Repairs works of £200,000 to the Lewis War Memorial are complete.
The Comhairle secured a substantial £132,000 grant from the War Memorial Trusts for
the refurbishment proposals.
The War Memorial Trust is based in London but covers the whole of the UK. This grant
was the largest award given under its First World War memorials programme.
The project commenced on site in May and the war memorial was completely covered
in external scaffolding to allow 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
Fifteen slim windows were upgraded with new timber vented louvres while four nine-pane
windows to level four of the memorial were replaced.
The top turret roof covering and structural members were renewed in lead.
A new upgraded fit for purpose lightning conductors 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 and 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”.