Work to repair Stranraer Museum building to start in the autumn

Comprehensive repair work on the Grade A-listed Stranraer Museum will begin in the autumn to ensure ensure its long-term sustainability.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 1:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 1:08 pm
Stranraer Museum needs extensive repairs. © Copyright Billy McCrorie and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

With past roles as tolbooth, court and fire station, amongst others, the building has long been at the heart of the community .

However, repairs are needed to the roof, clock tower spire, masonry, windows and doors to maintain the integrity of the building.

Construction work on site is expected to start in the autumn and will last for 20 weeks.

Church Street will be temporarily closed to all vehicles for 12 weeks during the initial phase of work.

During the remaining eight weeks it will be possible to open Church Street for cars but not for larger vehicles.

The project is part of the Stranraer Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes, part-financed by Historic Environment Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Economy and Resources Committee chairman, Rob Davidson, said: ”As one of the top visitor attractions in Stranraer, the museum has a vital role to play in generating footfall to encourage increased spending throughout the town centre.

"As an indoor visitor facility, the museum complements the marine leisure tourism related activity being developed on the waterfront, along with ongoing investments in the marina, to bring economic prosperity back to the area.”