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Conservation Update

Latest on conservation projects at Learmonth Terrace, Elm Row and the Bedlam Theatre.

Mar 25, 2013

Learmonth Terrace
In January EWH awarded a grant towards the conservation of 25 Learmonth Terrace, a category A listed Victorian town house.

In places the decorative stone has weathered badly and will be consolidated, in others stone indents are required, along with entirely new lintels and balustrades. 

Below left: Site inspection at Learmonth Terrace with stonemason Derek Wallace and Quantity Surveyor Colin Denholm.

Below right: Detail of a cast-iron rainwater hopper, with the date and the initials of the first owner Arthur Sanderson.

Elm Row
No. 13 Elm Row was designed in 1821 by the architect William Playfair, as part of his masterplan for the area around Calton Hill. The EWH funded conservation project will see the building restored back to its original Georgian appearance.

A key part of the project is to remove paintwork from the exterior, and this now almost complete. Repairs to the stonework can now go ahead, and new stone samples have been matched to the original. The next stage is particularly complex as it involves major structural work, to replace the single large window with traditional sash and case.

Below left: Paul from contractors Forth Stone demonstrates the selected sandstone, Hazeldene from the Hutton quarry in Northumberland.

Below right: Section of stonework with paint removed.

Bedlam Theatre
Cast-iron railings are now being installed around the Bedlam Theatre. The railings have been funded by the University of Edinburgh with project funding from EWH.

The area had suffered from anti-social behaviour in the past, and so as well as improving the streetscape the railings should help to improve management of the site.

Below left: Detail from a completed section of railing.

Below right: Project architect Bob Heath and workmen on site.

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