By 23rd May 2023

At Thomas Robinson Architects we believe architectural heritage should be protected. Conserving a historic building can however mean intervening to enable its continued use or to create a new use. This may involve alterations or extensions, requiring absolute sensitivity and confidence. A sense of what will be right comes from experience and a deep understanding of traditional architecture. Kilmaronock Church is another example of a project where we, alongside a team of skilled craftsmen, have had the opportunity to preserve a significant B listed building right on our doorstep!


We were appointed by the Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust, founded by a collection of local community members with a desire to see the building saved and transformed into a flexible community venue.  The trust has worked tirelessly to fund the works through a combination of grant funding and generous local donations.  Thomas Robinson Architects worked hand in hand with the trust from planning stages through to construction and completion.  The works were undertaken by principal contractor and stone masons Gillies and Farrell who’s exceptionally skilled work has given a new lease of life to the building.  Subcontractor’s CJM Leadwork, BD Roofing, and Eradakill were integral to the success of the works.


Activities included removing a harmful coating of concrete mortar from the stonework, redressing the stone, and repointing the joints with breathable lime mortar.  The roof was fully re-slated with a mix of salvaged slate from the old roof, and second-hand Scottish slate.  The domed bellcot was fully re-clad in leadwork and the bespoke timber louvered windows replaced.


We are now progressing with a second phase of works aimed at reconfiguring the internal spaces to provide flexible community functions with a focus on heritage education.


Read more about the Historic kirk renewal project.

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