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Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative

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First Major Grant Works Underway

The first businesses to receive KTHI grant funding have started building work in Kirkwall. Businesses in Bridge Street and Main Street have both received support for major property improvements.

The KTHI grant in Bridge Street is helping the owners to provide a major overhaul of the 18th century, B listed property. The works to the building will include substantial roof and chimney works, lime harling, painting, new windows and doors, reinstating some of the historic details of the original building.

Katie and Davis Foulis, new owners of former John Scott Miller building.

Katie and David Foulis, Owners of former John Scott Miller Building.

Works are also underway at The West End Hotel in Main Street with major roof and chimneys repairs, new rainwater goods, repairs to stonework, replacement of rooflights and external wall painting.

Building works at the West End Hotel.Building works at the West End Hotel.

These projects follow on from the first completed projects at Victoria Street and St. Catherine's Place.

25 St. Catherine's Place before renovation work.

25 St. Catherine's Place before renovation work.

25 St. Catherine's Place after renovation work.

25 St. Catherine's Place after renovation work.

There are also in excess of 21 building projects in the pipeline and over £400,000 of funding has been committed to these projects. Works will be starting on these in the near future.

A third funding round is currently underway and will commit approximately £200,000 of further funding to properties in Kirkwall over the coming year.

A planning application has been submitted for the Storehouse Building, one of the KTHI priorities, and work is being done by the owners of the former library in Laing Street to recruit an agent to progress designs for the building and their KTHI grant application. 

Upper Floor of Storehouse, Bridge Street Wynd.Upper Floor of Storehouse, Bridge Street Wynd.

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