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Scotsman Steps Inspection

Work has now started at the Scotsman Steps, with a close inspection of the stonework.


Sep 28, 2010

With the aid of a cherry picker the Scotsman Steps project team took the opportunity to take a closer look, as work begins to restore the category B listed structure.

It was clear that there has been significant water penetration on the top landing, and in places much of the carved sandstone detail has eroded. However the large stone window cills are in considerably better condition than first expected.

Following an investigation by the British Geological Survey, a good match for the original stone has been found from the Peakmoor quarry.

The first phase of the project will address stone conservation and replacement to the stair tower, paint removal, wrought iron grille repairs, new gates and handrails. After Christmas, the second phase will refix the stonework on the terrace balustrade leading from North Bridge to the stairwell and replace missing. The aim is to complete the works at the end of March 2011.



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