Site start at Church of the Holy Cross, Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh
The Vestry of the Church of the Holy Cross, Davidsons Mains, has with Graeme Brown Stonemason Limited, Jonathan Gotelee Architect Limited and Morham and Brotchie Quantity Surveyors, started on a package of stone work damp repair where a number of repairs and improvements to the stonework and its detailing are being carried out. The work is to prevent the significant water penetration in to the stonework which has been going on ever since the building was built to the designs of JM Dick Peddie, in 1913.
The work has been made possible with significant grant help from:
While the church is superbly built it has two major issues, one from when it was built which have significantly compromised its remaining watertight in the long term.
The work being done is the careful addition of new stone or lead flashing drips to the copes on all gables, a comprehensive re-pointing at high level and an overhaul of the roofs and gutters. The slates are Carmyllie stone and new slates for patching are being sourced from Denfind Stone, in Angus, a few miles up the road from the original quarry site. The interior water damage is being attended to at the same time.
- copes lack a “drip” so water can flow over the cope face and drive into the mortar joints underneath.
- re-pointing of the exterior in a proud “V” shaped cement pointing, perhaps to try to solve the water penetration problem.
We are delighted to have been asked to lead this work and are enjoying working with all concerned
You can follow progress on the churches own website here