Repairs to Rothesay seafront building almost done

Scaffolding is removed from Duncan's Halls - also known as the Palace Buildings - in Rothesay's East Princes Street on Monday, December 22, 2014.
Scaffolding is removed from Duncan's Halls - also known as the Palace Buildings - in Rothesay's East Princes Street on Monday, December 22, 2014.

Work on the last of the major ‘priority buildings’ in Rothesay’s Townscape Heritage Initiative is nearing completion.

Scaffolding was removed from Duncan’s Halls - more commonly known as the Palace Buildings - in East Princes Street on Monday morning, following more than £550,000 of work on the building, mainly relating to the roof.

The last of the work on the handsome seafront structure is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

The Duncan’s Halls improvements also include work to address rot issues on the roof, at the rear stair and on the further floor; work to the stonework at the front and rear; chimney work; slating; leadwork; copper; soil waste and rainwater goods at the rear of the building; rainwater improvements at the front; joinery work; rooflighting; refurbishment of the timber sash and case windows and new timber bullseye windows and new decoration.

The work is part of the THI’s investment of more than £2.5 million in the area around Guildford Square, smartening up the area and resulting in a much warmer welcome to those arriving off the ferry from Wemyss Bay.