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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sea Wall Drawings

When the site closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays work was progressing as well as could be expected on the sea wall which is being built to stabilise the lower part of the cliff face on which the castle stands. The first part of this process was to erect shuttering in stages along with appropriate reinforcing, and then to pour concrete to form the core of the wall.

Brian Smith, Technical Director at Arc Engineers, who is the structural engineer for Mingary Castle, has kindly made available his latest sketch details for the wall.

The first one shows the point at which the work currently stands, with the upper blocks of granophyre having been pinned some two years ago, and most of the concrete now poured to form the core of the sea wall.

Once the concrete has set, the next stage is to face the wall with local stone so that it blends in to the surrounding rock. Sourcing appropriate rock and moving it into place will be one of the challenges facing the builders and, once again, progress will be heavily dependent on the tides and on the weather, which isn't at its kindest in January and February.

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