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Townscape Heritage Project overview

New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, which was a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. The first phase of this important project has ensured the survival of this A Listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

The ‘Museum Stair’, a tenement within Double Row, was in continuous occupation from the 1790’s to the 1970’s and is designated a Scheduled Monument, due to the remarkable survival of original artefacts and materials such as fireplaces, sinks, ‘set-in’ beds, wallpaper and linoleum. This rare example of early industrial workers’ housing is in a very poor, deteriorating condition and requires urgent conservation work. Due to the buildings fragile interior, access is currently restricted but this project will fund the creation of a 3D Virtual Tour of the Museum Stair which will provide remote access and interpretation – a ground breaking new visitor experience.

Phase 2A of the project started at the end of July 2017 which includes the demarcation of the footprint, and interpretation, of Mantilla Row which was demolished in 1988 due to it being structurally unsafe. This project aims to increase the understanding of the village history and improve an unsightly gap in a relatively prominent position in the village. It is anticipated for the works to complete by the end of May 2018.   

Phase 2B of the programme is to see the repair and consolidation of the front boundary wall of the Church.  This is due to start in June 2018 and will take up to 4 months. As the works will be happening adjacent to the main pedestrian footpath into the village from the Visitor Car Park a temporary diversion will be created.

Further phases include the external conservation repairs to other key buildings include Caithness Row and the Counting House and these are likely to start in the autumn of 2018.

Heritage Activities
A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the capital works.   The House History Project will focus on the people that lived in New Lanark and is hoped will achieve updated Archive Material, Genealogy Workshops and the delivery of a Play. There will also be a strong emphasis on Traditional Building Skills training through a series of talks, demonstrations and a special exhibition.  Other events include workshops, project discovery days, including hard-hat tours of the restoration process and ‘back in time experiences’, where visitors will explore life in the mill village during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

This project has a number of phases and is expected to take around four years in total. Buildings works began in February 2016 and are due to complete summer 2020.

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Double Row Properties
How would you like to live in New Lanark?  We are delighted to announce that the Double Row Restoration Project is now complete.  Three of the Seven Grade A Listed Townhouses within New Lanark World Heritage Site are still available for sale.  These properties have been externally restored and require internal finishing – a fantastic opportunity to love in New Lanark and to make your home truly unique. Contact Rettie & Co for more information.

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