One of Scotlands largest scaffolding providers has revealed how the firm erected a 24m-high circular scaffold around the Hamilton Mausoleum in preparation for major repairs.
The scaffold, which was supplied on behalf of Go Wright Ltd, will stand erected until 2022, upon completion of planned stone restoration and lead replacement works.
Project Scotland reports that following a campaign from the Hamilton Mausoleum Trust, South Lanarkshire Council pledged to invest thousands into repairing the historic building.
They later commissioned repair work to combat water ingress and reverse signs of wear and tear.
Located in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, the Hamilton Mausoleum was the resting place of the family of the Dukes of Hamilton.
Built-in the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace, it’s high stone used to hold the record for the longest echo within any man-made structure in the world, taking 15 seconds for the sound of a slammed door to fade.
In recent years the Mausoleum has hosted modern and classical music performances and art installations.
JR Scaffold Services worked with Historic Scotland to erect the scaffolding project in a way that would protect the building and its history.
Speaking to Project Scotland John Jack, contracts manager at The JR Group, said: “We’re proud to be playing a part in the restoration of the Hamilton Mausoleum – one of the country’s most iconic buildings that holds a fascinating history.
Over a four-week period, we built a scaffold structure around the entire perimeter of the building including the dome, along with a full-height loading bay, staircase and hoist bay. The scaffold will allow for important works to preserve the Hamilton Mausoleum, which has been showing signs of water ingress.
“JR Scaffold Services worked closely with Historic Scotland throughout this process to ensure that the building and its features were protected. Vital repair works have now begun and when completed will breathe new life into the landmark, helping to safeguard its future.”