Specialist restoration work to one of Lancaster’s iconic landmarks is set to start in the next few weeks.
The steps leading to the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park have been closed for more than a year due to the condition of the foundations and support structures below ground, which has made the steps unsafe for use by members of the public.
Work on site is expected to start on Monday, December 3.
It will be a major restoration project and will begin with the huge task of removing the fragile granite steps and making repairs to the areas of damaged stone.
A new supporting structure to the lower staircase will be constructed in reinforced concrete and steel, the repaired granite steps replaced and the masonry joints re-pointed.
The failure of the supporting structure to the granite steps is partly due to the original construction specification typical of the time.
Manager of Williamson Park, Will Griffith, said: “This Grade I listed building is now more than 100 years old and like any building of its age needs careful maintenance. Specialist restoration work is vital to ensuring that this magnificent building continues to serve our local communities and attracts visitors to the district for another 100 years.”
The project should be completed by the end of March 2013.
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