I’ve been asked to assess a small chapel that has been converted to a place of worship for the local Muslim community. It is based in a disused chapel that has been partially converted for immediate use.
Money is now being collected to do a complete renovation of the building and it access to make it more suitable for the current purposes. The building is listed by Historic Scotland, so an assessment of the work required was needed. I was asked to provide information on the work required for the windows and some indicative costs for the application to Historic Scotland for grant money.
The central part of the building has been covered at the balcony level.
This area shows some of the worst of the damage caused by weather and lack of maintenance.
The work includes the need to replace much of the timber work behind the stone mullions.
The external view of one of the windows shows the full extent of their height. Although they are protected by a wire mesh, there is visible damage to the upper portions and they are not as secure in the stone as is desirable.
A lot of work will be required to make the windows sound and divide it into two levels appropriate to the needs of the new religious community. I do hope they will be able to get the funding and support needed.