The existing mausoleum building has suffered from a lack of regular maintenance since it was significantly altered in the period 1891-95. There are some fundamental defects in performance of the roof coverings and gutters, which derive from the juxtaposition of the new iron dome against the walls of the attached church building. These two factors have combined to allow water penetration into the masonry structures of both properties which, until now, have remained unresolved. Whilst the church has had regular repairs and upgrading, the mausoleum has not, and its current state and appearance are poor. Without intervention there is likely to be significant threat to the fabric of the building, leading eventually to catastrophic failure and loss.
The design team are working closely with the client, the congregation of the adjacent church, the local community and a host of other interested groups to establish the most suitable method of visitor introduction to this inaccessible building within sensitive environs.
A £1M funding package is now in place, supported by various agencies including HLF, LEADER, Historic Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.
We worked alongside ICOSIS and conservation architect Stephen Newsom on this project; the remit of which is to provide careful conservation of the mausoleum itself and the construction of a visitor centre.