The Beith Townscape Heritage Initiative restored historical buildings at the Cross, which were of historic significance but in an extremely poor and dangerous state of repair. The regeneration project buildings form the core of the Outstanding Conservation Area in Beith. The extensive restoration works included stone indenting, re-pointing, traditional lime hardling, paint removal to expose dressed stonework features, reformation of roofscape incorporating traditional slate dormers and associated leadwork, rebuilding of chimneys to historic configuration, conservation of staircases, ballustrading, ornate plasterwork, architraves, doors and panelling, replication of timber sash and case windows, and external works in the public square. The project has received several awards: Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Commendation, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Scotland Regeneration Award (best project in Scotland), and BURA British Urban Regeneration Award for Best Practice in Regeneration (one of 5 UK awards and only winner in Scotland). The multi-agency client body included Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Communities Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, North Ayrshire Council, St Vincent Crescent Preservation Trust and Beith Community Council.
Buildings at the Cross
BEITH KA15 1BS
St Vincent Crescent Preservation Trust
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