Bute engineer in running for conservation award

The restored Grand Fountain in Paisley was re-opened in September 2014.
The restored Grand Fountain in Paisley was re-opened in September 2014.

An engineer and Bute resident is in the running for a top award for his role in the restoration of an ornate fountain in Paisley.

Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd, run by Jim Mitchell, has been nominated in the 2015 Institute of Conservation (Icon) awards for its leading role in the restoration of the Grand Fountain, in the town’s oldest public park, which reopened in September 2014 after a seven-year renovation project.

The Paisley project - a partnership between Mr Mitchell’s firm, Renfrewshire Council, Historic Scotland and Lost Art - is one of two in the running for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for the conservation of an industrial heritage artefact.

The ceremony takes place in London on October 22.