Inverness tenement talk to help buildings stand the test of time

The Inverness Townscape Heritage Project (ITHP) and Doors Open Days Highland will give a talk this week on building maintenance.

Inverness tenement talk to help buildings stand the test of time

The free Tenement Toolkit talk will take place at Abertarff House, Church Street, Inverness, on September 5. Abertarff House itself is over 400 years old and is a great example of how a building can withstand the test of time.

Conservation architect Calum Maclean of MAAC Studio, which works exclusively on historic buildings, will provide expert advice and guidance on looking after traditional buildings.

Buildings that have more than one owner can present particular challenges. Calum Maclean will be joined by solicitor Ross Linn of Stronachs LLP, who will provide a legal perspective, and Denise Robbins and Yvonne Stewart, who are residents of an Inverness tenement and will share their experience of setting up a residents group and dealing with repairs.

The talk is aimed at providing practical solutions that will help anyone wishing to carry out repairs or maintenance on their property, not just tenements. It will give specialist, professional help on how to care for your property, how to approach your neighbours and how to avoid legal difficulties.

Free copies of the popular ITHP maintenance booklet will also be available for attendees to take home; helping them prevent issues and carry out repairs on their own buildings.

Commenting on the Tenement Talk, Calum Maclean said: “There are so many beautiful, historic buildings in Inverness and the Highlands, and we must ensure these are well looked after. Maintenance can sometimes seem daunting, but I hope to give attendees practical advice and guidance, together with support information and details of where to find help.”

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