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Conservation Update

An update on EWH funded projects at Panmure House and Gardner's Crescent.

Dec 8, 2014

Panmure House
Conservation work continues at Panmure House, transforming the former home of Adam Smith into a new centre for the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University. The intention is to use the seventeenth century building as a place for economic and social debate and to present the latest academic thinking.

An EWH grant is helping to fund external repairs, to the stonework, roof, gutters and chimney. As part of this work it has also been decided to coat the walls in a lime harl and wash. The term comes from the way the lime and mortar mix is applied by hand, literally ‘hurled’ at the walls. This produces a traditional textured finish to the building, protecting its walls and adding a dash of colour for decoration.

The practice was common throughout Scotland, but in the Victorian period the fashion changed and the harl was often stripped from the walls, to leave the bare rubble stone exposed. Once completed, Panmure House will give a good impression of how all the Old Town would once have looked.

Below left: A new stone window cill is fitted. Below right: Project Manager Chris Watkins inpsects a sample of lime harling.

Gardner’s Crescent

An EWH funded project to restore a community garden at Gardner’s Crescent is now almost complete. The Friends of Gardner’s Crescent were formed in July 2006, following work to power cables underneath the garden. Scottish Power committed to significant remedial work, but the Friends decided to be more ambitious and try to restore the authenticity and character of the original Georgian design.

New gates and boundary walls were completed some time ago, and now the final new planting is being put in place, along with benches and litter bins. It is hoped to celebrate the completion of the works in spring next year.

The Friends of Gardner’s Crescent met last month to commemorate Derek Ainsley, who passed away in October. Derek had led the efforts to restore the garden, galvanising the local community into action to plan and raise funds for the project. In tribute, one of the new gateways to the garden is named after him. Below: One of the new gatways to Gardner's Crescent.

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