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Project

In April, 2019,  the Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust began a major conservation project at Cowane’s Hospital. The first phase of the project concentrating on the historic external fabric of the building will be completed in late 2021.

Benjamin Tindall, an accredited conservation architect, was appointed to prepare proposals and manage the conservation works. All repairs have been carried out to the highest possible standards and in accordance with conservation best practice. The preparation of the proposals has involved collaboration with the historic environment sector including Historic Environment Scotland, Stirling Council conservation planners, Stirling City Heritage Trust and Graciela Ainsworth, conservator.

Laing Traditional Masonry Group Limited was appointed to carry out the conservation works including harling and lime washing the external walls, stone repairs and the repairs of the roof, rainwater goods, windows and doors. Specialists have been employed to repair the stained glass windows (Christian Shaw) and the external lanterns (LostArt Limited). Graciela Ainsworth, conservator has carried out the repairs to the statue of John Cowane and the stone panels inscribed with biblical quotations.

The second phase of the project which included internal improvements was completed by Campbell & Smith in the autumn of 2021. Upon completion the whole building is in an excellent state of repair including refurbishment of the Guild Hall, state of the art new lighting, creation of two self contained office spaces, and catering kitchen.

An exhibition in the Guild Hall brings to life the stories of John Cowane and his importance to the Stirling area, the history of the Hospital and its role in the story of Scottish trade, charity and society. The Hospital and grounds are now available to hire for events, special occasions, and boutique weddings.

The Trust is fortunate to have received grant support towards the project from Historic Environment Scotland, Stirling Council, the Wolfson Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust and Stirling City Heritage Trust.