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Funding secured to restore Cowane’s Hospital

Funding secured to restore Cowane’s Hospital

The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust have gained more than £300,000 to help repair the landmark Stirling building

The bid to restore a landmark building has received a significant funding boost.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has provided £321,985 funding towards repairs to Cowane’s Hospital in Stirling.

The money has been awarded as part of the heritage body’s Historic Environment Repair Grant programme, which supports repairs to buildings or ancient monuments which are of special architectural, historic or archaeological significance across Scotland.

The funding will allow The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust to repair the historic building fabric and reinstate original architectural features using highly skilled traditional trades.

The conservation works include the repair of the roof and rainwater goods, harling and lime washing the external walls, stone repairs, window and door repairs, and repairs to the statue of John Cowane.

The A-listed building is a 17th century almshouse, located in Stirling’s Old Town, which was established with funds bequeathed by John Cowane following his death in 1633.

Thomas Knowles, head of grants at HES, said: “We are pleased to support The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust with this money as part of our Historic Environment Repair Grant.

Cowane’s Hospital is a rare survival of 17th century burgh architecture and we hope this funding will help preserve the historic building for generations to come.”

Provost Christine Simpson, chair of the Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust, said: “The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust are delighted to receive £321,985 grant assistance from Historic Environment Scotland’s Repair Grant programme.

The Trust is very pleased to see the major conservation project finally going ahead at the Hospital and look forward to seeing this wonderful Stirling landmark restored to its former glory.”

The Historic Environment Repair Grant programme offers grants from £10,000 to £500,000 to support conservation-standard repair projects across Scotland which secure the original fabric of historic buildings and ancient monuments using traditional materials and skills.

To read more about the history of John Cowane, click here: https://cowanes.org.uk/john-cowane/ and to learn more about the Hospital Building restoration, click here: https://cowanes.org.uk/conservation-project/

View more about Cowane’s Trust restoration projects, including video footage of the Hospital building prior to restoration, on the BBC News website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-35364571