REPAIR & RENEWAL PROJECTS
Gardner Repair & Renewal Project
As our Repair & Renewal Project progresses thanks to our Heritage Lottery Funding and Historic Environment Scotland grant. We must say a thank you to all National Lottery players without the invested money our project would not be attainable.
Check out our latest photographs of work continuing.
================================================================================ We held a Heritage Exhibition at the Gardner in from 24th of October till 1st of November showcasing our place within Brechin, including a slide show of local factories and businesses, our past ministers and the story of how the Gardner came to be built. We showcased many of our special heritage features and showed old photos and plans of the area. On facebook we set out 7 questions over 7 of the days and showed this video below. This video shows off the Tynecastle Tapestry Doors which are to be repaired during our repair and renewal project.
Press Release as at 28th September 2018 : -
Brechin Gardner Memorial Church of Scotland secures Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland investment
Following an earlier Heritage Lottery Fund development grant of almost £25,000 to Brechin's Gardner Memorial Church, Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund have jointly agreed to a further award of almost £220,000 for essential repairs and heritage promotion in connection with the Gardner's Repair & Renewal Project.
The Gardner Repair & Renewal Project aims to secure the future of this ‘A' listed building within the Brechin Conservation Area and the heart of the town for the benefit of the whole community.
The project will carry out essential conservation work; provide interpretive material and new digital access to the building, enabling visitors to better understand its unique detail and the wider community to participate in a variety of related heritage activities.
The church was designed in the American Romanesque / Arts and Crafts style by Sir John James Burnet, a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and was designated 1896 building of the year by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
Conservation work will be undertaken by Graeme W. Cheyne (Builders) Ltd. of Aberdeen under the supervision of Conservation Architects James F. Stephen of Glamis.
The building contains a number of unique features including several ornate Tynecastle Tapestry covered doors that will be restored by the Scottish Conservation Studio during the course of the project.
The Gardner was built in the late 1890s, following a bequest of £7,000 from the late Rev. Alexander Gardner towards the building of a new church in memory of his son, together with a matching donation by the local Milne family of Mooranbank. An initial exhibition displaying various aspects of the church’s architecture, history and heritage will run from 24th October to 1st November this year.
Kirstene Hair MP for Angus said “I have been very supportive of the regeneration work planned for Brechin’s Gardner Memorial Church and I am delighted they will be receiving this vital award to help their plans. I know how hard those behind this project have been working to deliver an ambitious programme of works that will deliver a renewed centre piece for our community that can be enjoyed by everyone.”
Liam Kerr MSP for N.E. Scotland said “I am certainly pleased to support this and congratulate the Gardner Repair & Renewal Project, Brechin, on securing this money from Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This historic red sandstone building has been an attractive and important landmark in Brechin for over a century and represents so many different things to so many different people, not least the architectural talent of John James Burnet. It was simply vital that this major repair and renewal work could go ahead and I commend not only those who fund it, but also those who work tirelessly to make this happen.”
Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said “Scotland’s historic and diverse places of worship are so often at the heart of our communities. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF can fund repairs and improvements to facilities and visitor information. Gardner Repair & Renewal Project is an excellent example of how HLF can help conserve a much loved building so it can continue to serve its local community.”
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