New lease of life for Stoer Parliamentary Church
July 26 2016restoration and conversion of the roofless Stoer Parliamentary Church, Lairg, to form a new home.
The C-listed property sits within the village of Stoer, Assynt and was one of 32 Parliamentary Churches to be built by Thomas Telford in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars but has lain empty since 1972.
In a design statement Guy McDonnell wrote: “The restoration will save the building from further deterioration and eventual collapse and its conversion to residential use will ensure its continued use for many years to come.
The exterior of the building is to be restored to as near to its original form as is practical. The roof will be reinstated and clad in natural slate. Coping stones will be reinstated and replaced as necessary. Detailing to rhones, downpipes, ridges and hips will follow traditional methods using lead and/or zinc. No rooflights are proposed. Stonework joints will be raked and repointed with lime mortar. All cement pointing will be removed. Aluminium windows will follow Telford’s original mass produced cast iron window frame designs. Double glazed panes and thermally broken frame construction will meet modern standards.
"Internally the layout borrows from the original design with the upper level echoing the congregation galleries whilst the central space will remain full height to the roof. The original door to the church (The West door) is restored as the main door to the house.”
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