The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.

Friday, 19 July 2013

The Scaffolding Arrives

For the past ten days, lorries loaded with scaffolding poles, boards, clips, beams and other material have been arriving on-site.  Everything has been offloaded and stacked carefully so it's easily accessible for the specialist scaffolders.

L to R: John-Paul Ashley, Phil Masters, Wayne Heavey
John-Paul of Ashley Thompson kindly read me a list of everything that's been ordered.  It starts...

21' scaffolding poles - 713
18' scaffolding poles - 558
16' scaffolding poles - 770....

....and ends....

13' scaffolding boards - 1,354
8' scaffolding boards - 28
1780mm x 3m beams - 41.

In all, just over 5,000 scaffolding poles are in the process of arriving.

All this kit is to scaffold the whole of the outside of the building, and this scaffolding will have to be up for well over a year.  About half of the length of the castle wall hangs over the beach and is exposed to the full force of the westerly gales, so the base plates can't be placed on the rock shore.  It will be fascinating to watch how they overcome this problem.

Work starts on Monday when the scaffolders are due to arrive.

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