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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Museum and halls ready for revamp

A LONG list of repairs and replacements has been revealed for Annan Museum and the neighbouring Victoria Halls.

The planned alterations on the two 19th century B-listed buildings includes the replacement of dozens of windows, re-slating of the roof, a replacement lift being installed, stone repairs, cleaning and repointing, and some other internal repairs.

The work is to be carried out by Dumfries and Galloway Council, who have submitted a formal planning application, which will be heard at the full council meeting next Wednesday.

They are proposing to use traditional materials, such as lime mortar and timber framed windows, in order to preserve the original character and features of the building.

A report for councillors reads: “The application site comprises two buildings, Annan Museum and Victoria Halls, which are situated back-to-back and connected by a central corridor. Both buildings are listed category B.

“The applications seek planning permission and listed building consent for the repair and restoration of both buildings. The majority of the works are for repair, including the re-slating of the roof over the museum, cleaning and repointing.

“Additional works include the removal and replacement of pigeon spikes, replacement windows, removal of non-original partition at first floor level, adding breathable roofing felt over sarking, and replacement of the malfunctioning lift.

“The proposals for the application have been based on a thorough assessment of its existing condition. An expert review of the condition of each window was undertaken and a separate document sets out recommendations for each window.”

The Dumfries and Galloway Cases Panel of The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland have welcomed the refurbishment proposals, which have also been reviewed by Historic Environment Scotland and suggestions made.

Case officer Katie Towner said: “They welcome these proposals to repair these two Category B listed buildings in principle.”

She is recommending that councillors also give the plans their backing and added: “Overall, the proposals will restore the buildings appropriately and enable their ongoing use. They will respect the appearance, character and architectural features which contribute to the listings. They will preserve and enhance the character, appearance and setting of the conservation area.”

Annan Museum, which is accessed from Bank Street and is three storeys in height, was built around 1880.

The two-storey Victoria Halls dates from a similar time and looks onto Downie Wynd.

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